Rollins edges Holliday in close race for NL MVP

Rollins edges Holliday in close race for NL MVP

Rollins edges Holliday in close race for NL MVP
November 20, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -Jimmy Rollins won the National League MVP award in a close race over Matt Holliday on Tuesday, boosted by speed and steady all-around play that drove the Philadelphia Phillies to their first playoff berth in 14 years.

The Gold Glove shortstop received 16 of 32 first-place votes and finished with 353 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Holliday, who led Colorado's surprising charge to the World Series, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes and 336 points. Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder came in third, with five first-place votes and 284 points.

Rollins batted .296 with 30 homers, 94 RBIs and 41 steals from the leadoff spot, helping Philadelphia rally from a big September deficit to win the NL East. He led the league in runs (139) and triples (20) - and became the second consecutive Phillies player to win the MVP following Ryan Howard last year.

Rollins proved a prophet after saying in spring training that the Phillies were the team to beat in a competitive division.

Holliday, the NL championship series MVP, hit .340 with 137 RBIs - becoming the third player since 1967 to lead a league in both categories. He also had 36 homers and topped the NL in hits (216), total bases (386) and doubles (50).

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