Centerfielder Tommy Pham #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a 2-run home run in the third inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on May 5, 2017 in Atlanta. (Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
The Cardinals’ biggest offseason target has added some hardware to his trophy case.
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Thursday night when ballots by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America were revealed.
The victory was a narrow one, as Stanton received 302 total points to Joey Votto’s 300 points. Both players received ten first place votes from thirty total voters, while Stanton edged Votto in second-place votes by one. The Cardinals have reportedly been in talks with Miami regarding a trade for Stanton, but numerous complexities including his nearly $300 million contract and full no-trade clause could render such a trade difficult to navigate for St. Louis.
For his fantastic breakout season, Tommy Pham found his name on a total of 12 MVP ballots, with his highest vote being seventh-place. Voters choose and rank ten names per ballot.
After starting 2017 in Class-AAA Memphis, Pham received a call-up May 5th and never looked back. With a batting line of .306/.411/.520, Pham became the first player in St. Louis Cardinals franchise history to slash .300/.400/.500 with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.