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Pujols vs. Votto

It's been a foregone conclusion in many circles that Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a shoe in for the National League MVP Award since his team made a cameo appearance in the 2010 playoffs while the Cardinals finished second in the National League Central.





But my question is, now that Pujols has snagged the Gold Glove at first base AND he won the Silver Slugger as a first baseman, how could it be justifiable to name Votto as the MVP?





I know intangibles are important and all. But I would think offense and defense would have to be the number one and number two criteria for judging a baseball position player's value. Base running would probably be third on the hit parade... And I am pretty sure that Pujols is better than Votto at that, too.







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