There was very little surprise when Major League Baseball announced the 2009 Most Valuable Player award. It had long ago been a foregone conclusion St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols would win the award.

It is hard to argue that Pujols did not deserve the award. His offensive numbers were staggering compared to every other candidate in the National League. At the present time there are very few if any players who could be classified as serious competition for the best player in the National League.

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