Best Cardinals Player St. Louis 2003 - Albert Pujols
Readers' Choice: Albert Pujols
Here's a full-season stat line for you: a .330 batting average, 14 home runs, 102 RBI, 49 doubles, 35 stolen bases and a slugging percentage of .484. Oh, yeah -- and the player is the top National League shortstop. With numbers like those (projected, as of mid-September, over the full season), how can Edgar Renteria not be this year's Best Cardinals Player? Albert Pujols, that's how. Pujols might not win the Triple Crown in his third year as a major leaguer, but he'll come close. And he darn well ought to snag the coveted National League Most Valuable Player honor, which he just missed last year, finishing second in the voting to San Francisco's Barry Bonds (and there'll be a ballot battle with Bonds again this year). Also last year, Pujols became the first player ever to bat .300, drive in 100 runs, score 100 runs and hit 30 home runs in each of his first two seasons. Um, time to make that his first three seasons.