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The results are in on the Houston Astros annual team MVP voting.No, the award didn’t go to Carlos Lee – the team’s leader in hits, runs, doubles, home runs and RBIs.
Yes, it did go to Hunter Pence – a man traded away from Houston on July 29.
When the Astros hold a fundraiser banquet just weeks before spring training next year, the team’s unofficial season kickoff, they will hand the 2010 team MVP award to Pence. Despite the fact that he hit as many home runs in Houston last season as he did with his current team, the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on this award. And one Houston columnist sees the decision as an intentional slap in the face to the Astros organisation.
“I know why they did this,” wrote the Chronicle’s Richard Justice. “They wanted to embarrass the Astros. Yeah, they wanted to stick it to Ed [Wade, general manager] and Tal [Smith, president of baseball operations] and Drayton [McLane, owner] for a 106-loss season.”
The majority of the voters, long-time BBWAA membership holders, no longer frequent the team clubhouse. Whereas those who do follow the team, MLB.com writers, are largely shut out from voting.
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