Joey Votto won the 2010 NL MVP Award
Votto took home the NL MVP award. He hit .324 with 37 HRs and 113 RBI. Albert Pujols came in second and Carlos Gonzalez slide in third. The three, Pujols, Votto, and Cargo were thought of the three primary candidates for the award. Joining Pujols, Votto, and Gonzalez in the top 10 were Adrian Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Roy Halladay, Aubrey Huff, Jayson Werth, Martin Prado, and Ryan Howard.
Out of the top 10 Ryan Howard was the biggest surprise to me, although I didn’t really see Huff and Werth in the top 10. Howard hit over 40 home runs in all of his full seasons except in 2010. Aubrey Huff was picked up in the later part of the 2009 off season and wasn’t expected to be a difference maker. He lead the Giants in home runs with 27 and was a stationary figure at first base, something the Giants hadn’t had in a long time. Jayson Werth did put up a career high .296 batting average, and lead the National League in doubles, but only hit 27 home runs. For a player of his type you’d expect 35-40 HR in a MVP year.