Matthew Berry: Albert Pujols
Eric Karabell: Justin Upton
Christopher Harris: Albert Pujols
Jason Grey: Albert Pujols
My Take: Let’s use the same logic we did for the AL MVP to pick the NL winner. Unlike in the AL, there isn’t a team that has so much high-end talent that they can’t have players steal votes from each other. That means our contending teams are the Phillies, Marlins, Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Rockies, and Diamondbacks. That means possible candidates are Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Pablo Sandoval, Troy Tulowitzki, Mark Reynolds, and Justin Upton. Of those 14, Lee, Aramis Ramirez, and Sandoval probably are not real contenders, and the winner will probably come from a playoffs team. As of right now, my projected playoffs teams are the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks, meaning we have narrowed the field down to eight. If any team has players stealing votes, it’s the Phillies, so I won’t pick any of them. That leaves Manny, Kemp, Pujols, Upton, and Reynolds. Sadly, after going through all of this, how can I not pick Sir Albert.