Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the National League Most Valuable player, on Monday. The Associated Press, and espn.com, have the story, below.

Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds walks back to the dugout after striking out against Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelpia Phillies, who also walks to the dugout, during game 3 of the NLDS at Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Cincinnati's Joey Votto was overwhelmingly elected the National League's Most Valuable Player on Monday, ending the two-year reign of Albert Pujols.

Votto, a first baseman who helped the Reds reach the postseason for the first time in 15 years, received 31 of 32 first-place votes and 443 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Votto was a first-time All-Star, finishing second in the NL in batting average at .324 and third in homers (37) and RBIs (113). He led the NL in slugging percentage (.600) and topped the major leagues in on-base percentage (.424).

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