“After the season, when I looked at my numbers and at Albert’s numbers, I thought: ‘Holy cow! He’s beaten me in a lot of them. He beat me in runs, he beat me in RBIs, home runs, I think a couple others. I beat him in a few of the qualitative stats. I don’t know — I think it was a tossup. I think that it was as close as it can get.”

Reds’ slugger Joey Votto on beating out the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols for the National League MVP.

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