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Hanley Ramirez finished 11th in the NL MVP

Hanley Ramirez finished 11th in the BBWAA vote for NL MVP.

The vote:

Player Club 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 18 10 2 1 1 369
Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 12 8 6 1 1 2 1 308
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 2 3 5 5 2 2 3 2 1 139
Manny Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers 2 4 7 2 3 2 1 2 138
Lance Berkman Houston Astros 2 4 4 1 3 3 4 1 1 126
CC Sabathia Milwaukee Brewers 4 5 1 2 2 3 1 2 121
David Wright New York Mets 2 1 4 3 3 2 5 2 1 115
Brad Lidge Philadelphia Phillies 2 2 4 3 2 3 1 2 104
Carlos Delgado New York Mets 5 1 2 5 2 3 96
Aramis Ramirez Chicago Cubs 2 4 1 1 4 3 1 66
Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins 2 2 2 1 2 2 5 55
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 1 2 4 1 2 2 44
Geovany Soto Chicago Cubs 3 1 3 1 41
Player Club 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Johan Santana New York Mets 1 1 1 1 2 1 30
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 1 1 1 1 3 2 30
Ryan Ludwick St. Louis Cardinals 1 2 3 1 17
Brandon Webb Arizona Diamondbacks 2 1 14
Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres 1 1 1 4 13
Matt Holliday Colorado Rockies 1 1 1 1 13
Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers 1 1 1 1 11
Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs 1 1 10
Carlos Beltran New York Mets 1 1 1 10
Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants 1 1 2 9
Jose Reyes New York Mets 1 3
Jose Valverde Houston Astros 1 3
Stephen Drew Arizona Diamondbacks 1 2
Nate McClouth Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1

 

Hanley finishing 11th seems a bit low to me and I was getting already to complain but then I noticed that Chase Utley finished 15th.  While we may some reason to feel that Hanley was dissed somewhat, it probably pales to what was done to Utley.

Now, I'm never one to champion a cause for a Phillie, but this is just plain wrong.  The Marlins played that team enough for me to know who their most valuable player was, and it sure wasn't Ryan Howard.

But enough about that.

Back to Hanley.

Hanley did drop a spot this season when he finished 11th.  In 2007 he finished 10th in the voting, but there was improvement in one area.  In the 2007 vote he ended up with 49 points as compared to this year's point total of 55.

So while he may have dropped a spot overall, he showed an increase where it really matters, in points.  Also I'm sure the Marlins not making it the playoffs took some toll, but did the writers notice that the Fish won as many games as the Dodgers?  And actually had a better win percentage -- we only played 161.

I never thought Hanley would win the award, and frankly, he didn't deserve to, but he should've finished higher than he did.  In my opinion, yours may differ.