National League MVPs by Year—2000’s
Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins just took home the National League Most Valuable Player Award in a very tight race, so just as we did with the American League, here is a look back at the most recent NL MVP Award winners:
2007-Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
In edging out Colorado's Matt Holliday by a mere 17 points, Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins took home the NL MVP Award in 2007 and joined teammate Ryan Howard, who won the award in 2006. Rollins had a very complete season, batting .296 with 30 home runs, 94 runs batted in, 212 hits, 38 doubles, 20 triples and 41 stolen bases. He also played in all 162 games and had a fielding percentage of .985 at one of baseball's toughest and most important positions. In addition, Rollins helped lead the Phillies to their first division title in 14 years.
2006-Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
In just his third big league season, Phillies' first baseman Ryan Howard had a monster year by hitting .313 with 58 homers and 149 RBI. His on base average was .425 and he posted a slugging percentage of .659. Howard also scored 104 runs and hit 25 doubles in winning a fairly close vote over the Cardinals' Albert Pujols.
2005-Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols is one of the greatest players to come along in recent memory, as his .332 lifetime batting average will attest. But Pujols also hits the cover off the ball, and in 2005 took home the NL MVP by hitting .330 with 41 home runs and 117 RBI. He also hit 38 doubles and stole a career high 16 bases.
2004-Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
This was Barry Bonds' fourth straight National League MVP Award, as he was in the midst of putting up incredible numbers for someone nearing the age of 40. In 2004, Bonds batted .362 with 45 homers and 101 runs batted in. Those weren't career highs for Bonds, but were enough to win by a comfortable margin over the Dodgers' Adrian Beltre.
2003-Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
Yes, he's been indicted for taking illegal performance enhancing drugs. But anyone who ever saw Barry Bonds hit a baseball is left to wonder if that was ever necessary. In 2003, Bonds won his third straight NL MVP by hitting .341 with 45 home runs and 90 RBI in just 130 games. He also posted a .749 slugging percentage.
2002-Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
In 2002, the year he helped lead the Giants reach the World Series, Bonds hit a career high .370 with 46 home runs and 110 runs batted in. He also had a .582 on base average and .799 slugging percentage in winning his second consecutive NL MVP.
2001-Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
This was Bonds' fourth of seven NL MVP Awards, but first since 1993. In 2001, Bonds had just about the best season of any player in baseball history by hitting a major league record 73 home runs. He also drove in a career high 137 runs, and batted .328 with a .515 on base average and mind-blowing .863 slugging percentage. He even added 32 doubles and 13 stolen bases, winning in a landslide over Chicago's Sammy Sosa.
2000-Jeff Kent, San Francisco Giants
Second baseman Jeff Kent is a solid player who had a breakout year in 2000, beginning five straight years with a Giants' player taking home the NL MVP. That season, Kent batted .334 (a career high) with 33 homers, 125 RBI, 41 doubles and 7 triples.
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