11/15/2005: All Hail Prince Albert the Great....
Congratulations to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who won his first of what I'm sure will be many Most Valuable Player awards of his career. Pujols won the 2005 National League MVP award, beating out Atlanta centerfielder Andruw Jones and Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee for the honor.
Other Cardinals making the balloting: pitcher Chris Carpenter (8th overall), shortstop David Eckstein (21st overall), and centerfielder Jim Edmonds (26th overall).
Interesting Factoid o'the Day: It seems every time I look at Albert's stat card at Baseball Reference, they add yet another nickname to his growing list of nicknames. Now, the canonical list seems to be: Prince Albert, Phat Albert, The Machine, and El Hombre. I'm still surprised that for such a relentlessly Catholic city as St. Louis, "Albert the Great" (or better yet, "Albertus Magnus") hasn't made the cut yet.
Len on 11.15.05 @ 03:01 PM CST