VOTTO WINS MVP — To no surprise, the Reds first baseman Joey Votto was awarded the NL MVP award today. Votto received 31 out of 32 possible first place votes (Albert Pujols had the other) to become the first Red to win the award since Barry Larkin in 1995.
Votto put up impressive numbers all season, batting .327 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs. He also slugged an impressive .600 and finished with an OPS of 1.064.
Roy Halladay, who won the NL Cy Young last week, finished sixth in voting. He and Ryan Howard received one second place vote apiece. Jayson Werth was eighth in voting, Howard was 10th, and Carlos Ruiz finished 17th.
LOPES BACK IN LA — Former Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes is going back to LA. Lopes signed with the Dodgers to be their first base coach today.
From 2007-2010, the Phillies finished top in baseball in base running due to Lopes’ expertise at reading pitchers and catchers. He helped turn Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino into some of the biggest threats on the base paths in baseball.
The Phillies replaced Lopes with Juan Samuel over the offseason.
SIZEMORE RUMORS — For the past week, there have been rumblings on MLB XM radio of the Phillies being interested in Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. The Indians are shopping the 27-year-old around
Sizemore played in only 33 games last season due to injury. He’s a career .272 hitter with 129 home runs. He can give teams a .275 season with 20-25 homers and 75-85 RBIs from the left side of the plate.