McLouth earns recognition for NL MVP
Bucs outfielder one of 27 to garner a vote in BBWAA balloting
PITTSBURGH -- Nate McLouth's breakout season certainly wasn't notable enough to have him in the running for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, which was announced Monday afternoon.
It didn't, however, keep the first-year starter from garnering a vote -- albeit one 10th-place vote -- from a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
A total of 27 different NL players received at least one vote in the tabulation, with St. Louis' Albert Pujols finishing atop the voting and earning his second MVP Award. Pujols garnered 14 first-place votes and 10 second-place votes on his way to a final total of 369 points. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard finished second overall with 308 points.
Members of the BBWAA voting for MVP must list 10 players on their ballots. And while McLouth only received one vote, the fact that the Pittsburgh center fielder received any recognition is yet another reminder that the 27-year-old McLouth opened eyes across the country as he parlayed the chance to start this past season.
McLouth, who was the first Pittsburgh center fielder named to the All-Star team in 15 years, finished the season leading the Pirates in almost every offensive category, including home runs (26), RBIs (94) and stolen bases (23). He finished the season with a league-leading 46 doubles, while his 113 runs scored were fifth best in the NL.
McLouth's success wasn't solely limited to his offensive numbers. He committed just one error in 149 games and finished with the league's second-highest fielding percentage among all outfielders. He was rewarded for his defensive achievements by being named to the Rawlings Gold Glove team.
The Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA had handed McLouth a postseason award when it unanimously voted McLouth as the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given out to the Pirates player who best exemplifies the standard of excellence achieved by Clemente.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.