Pujols wins ESPY for Best Baseball Player
Slugger beats out Halladay, Howard, Pedroia, K-Rod
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols added to his long list of hardware when he took home the ESPY Award for Best Baseball Player in the annual award show, which was held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and televised on Sunday night.
Pujols, who already has two MVP Awards, four Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove, added another ESPY to his collection, as he won the award for Best Baseball Player in 2005 and 2006 as well.
The first baseman beat out the Blue Jays' Roy Halladay, the Phillies' Ryan Howard, the Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia and the Mets' Francisco Rodriguez for the award.
Pujols batted .357 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs last season on his way to his second MVP Award, and this season he leads the Majors in both home runs and RBIs.
Pujols was the only Major Leaguer to take home an ESPY, but both the Phillies and the Rays had plenty of nominations.
The Phillies, the defending World Series champions, were nominated for Best Team but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the NBA title this past season.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels was nominated for Best Championship Performance, but swimmer Michael Phelps took home the award after winning eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Phillies in the World Series, were nominated in several categories as well. Their win over the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series had them nominated for Biggest Upset, but they lost to the U.S. soccer team, which defeated Spain in the Confederation Cups Semifinals.
Rays manager Joe Maddon was nominated for Best Coach/Manager, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson took home the award after leading his team to the title. And the Rays' Evan Longoria was nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete after winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award, but he lost to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who helped guide his team to the playoffs in his rookie year.
Finally, recent No. 1 overall Draft pick Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State was nominated for Best Male College Athlete, but the award went to Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who led his team to the BCS National Championship.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.