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Joey Votto was named the 2010 NL MVP with a commanding 31 of 32 first place votes. Finishing a distant second was Albert Pujols, who in addition to winning three MVPs has also been the runner up four times.

Votto’s selection over Pujols is perfectly justifiable, but it is interesting to note that it was actually Pujols who was recently awarded the silver slugger for first base in the National League. Coincidentally, Votto became the first player to win the MVP, but not the silver slugger, since Pujols in 2005. In total, there are only five instances of an MVP failing to win the silver slugger (excluding American League pitchers voted as MVP) since the latter award was first given out in 1980. Listed below is a comparison of the MVP and silver slugger for each instance.

Based on offensive WAR, in three of the five seasons, the silver slugger actually had a better year with the bat than the MVP. Not surprisingly, in all of them, the MVP’s team made the playoffs, while the silver slugger’s team did not. In 2000 and 2005, however, Giambi and Pujols rated as the better hitter by a significant margin, leaving one to scratch their head as to why they were overlooked for the silver slugger.

MVPs Who Didn’t Win a Silver Slugger

2010 Player PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG oWAR
NL MVP Joey Votto* 648 106 37 113 0.324 0.424 0.600 6.9
1B SS Albert Pujols 700 115 42 118 0.312 0.414 0.596 7.4
                   
2005 Player PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG oWAR
NL MVP Albert Pujols* 700 129 41 117 0.330 0.430 0.609 7.2
1B SS Derek Lee 691 120 46 107 0.335 0.418 0.662 6.0
                   
2002 Player PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG oWAR
AL MVP Miguel Tejada* 715 108 34 131 0.308 0.354 0.508 5.8
3B SS Alex Rodriguez 725 125 57 142 0.300 0.392 0.623 8.2
                   
2000 Player PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG oWAR
AL MVP Jason Giambi* 664 108 43 137 0.333 0.476 0.647 9.4
1B SS Carlos Delgado 711 115 41 137 0.344 0.470 0.664 7.6
                   
1991 Player PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG oWAR
NL MVP Terry Pendelton* 644 94 22 86 0.319 0.363 0.517 5.5
3B SS Howard Johnson 658 108 38 117 0.259 0.342 0.535 5.7

 *Team made the post season.
Note: Excluded Dennis Eckersley, Roger Clemens, Willie Hernandez and Rollie Fingers, who each won the MVP as pitchers in the American League.
Source: Baseball-reference.com

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