Cincinnati Reds third baseman Joey Votto today became the third Canadian to named Most Valuable Player by claiming the prize for the National League after batting .324 with 37 home runs and 113 RBI. He ranked fourth or better in each of those categories, and ended the reight of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols, who’s won the award the past two seasons and in three of the past five.
The Etobicoke, Ont., native also became the first Canadian to win the National League’s Hank Aaron Award, which goes to the league’s top hitter as voted on by fans and the media. That award has been given out since 1999.
Larry Walker was the first Canadian to win an MVP award, in 1997 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. Justin Morneau won is in 2006 with the Minnesota Twins.