NEW YORK (AP) _ Philadelphia's Gold Glove shortstop Jimmy
Rollins beat out Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday in the balloting
for the 2007 National League MVP award.
The 28-year-old Rollins batted .296 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and
41 steals from the leadoff spot. He was named first on half of the
32 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
His 353 points are just 17 more than Holliday. Rollins offensive
production and slick fielding helped the Phillies capture their
first post-season berth in 14 years.
Holliday, who led the league with his .340 batting average and
137 RBIs, received 11 first-place mentions. He was a big part of a
late regular-season surge that carried the Rockies into the
Milwaukee's Prince Fielder received the remaining five
first-place votes and totaled 284 points. He led the league in home
runs with 50 while collecting 119 RBIs.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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