Votto named National League MVP

Players are recognized with the MVP award for their overall performanceBy Tucker Harrington

Although the post-baseball season has been filled with various awards and trophies for players who have gone above and beyond during the regular season, the recognition award presentations have all culminated in the Most Valuable Player of the Year (MVP) prize, which was recently announced.

It may not have come as a surprise to many, but Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto received the MVP award for the National League, according to the Washington Post. Votto was first in the league in terms of on-base and slugging percentages, and had the third-highest total of home runs in the league.

The runner up for the recognition award was St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, Albert Pujols. Votto noted that he had stiff competition, and was happy to be recognized for his efforts throughout the season.

"It was pretty freaking awesome to have beaten Albert Pujols for the MVP," Votto said Monday during a conference call. "You can't help but watch one of the greatest of all-time."

In the American League, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was named the MVP.