Monday, November 13, 2006

Howard Wins Straw Poll

It's not an exact science, like, say, exit polling, but the baseball gurus at overwhelmingly viewPhillies firstbaseman Ryan Howard as the National League Mvp.

In the poll of 18 pundits, Howard pulled 11 votes to Albert Pujols' 6 and Carlos Beltran's one.

There were holdouts. Peter Gammons notably tabbed AlbertPujols. But Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick, Buster Olney, Jim Caple and Steve Phillips, among others, swung the vote for the Phillies' first baseman.

The only poll that will count won't be released until Monday. That's when the official tabulation of votes by the Baseball Writers Association of America will be revealed.

Prediction: It likely will not be a landslide, but Howard will win - again.

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