Philadelphia Phillies' switch-hitting shortstop, Jimmy Rollins was honored with the National League Most Valuable Player award Tuesday, edging runner-up Matt Holliday in a tight race after leading his club to its first playoff berth in 14 years.
The speedy and charismatic Rollins, a first-time Gold Glover, nabbed 16 of 32 first-place votes to finish with 353 points -- 17 ahead of the Colorado Rockies left fielder.
The pressure was on at the new year after Rollins made the bold prediction that the Phillies were "the team to beat" in the NL East. With a little help from the New York Mets historic falling-out, Philadelphia won the division on the very last day of the season.
Batting leadoff for the most part, J-Roll hit .296 with 30 bombs, 94 RBIs, 38 doubles, 20 triples, 41 steals and crossed the plate an NL-best 139 times. He became the first player in big league history to have at least 30 doubles, 20 triples, 30 homers and 30 steals in one season. Furthermore, no shortstop has ever had that many extra base hits.
Holliday, who led the way in Colorado's up-hill battle to the World Series, received 11 first-place votes while Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder came in third, with five first-place votes and 284 points.
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Posted by Sooze on 11/20/2007
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