Yes, some other guys came in first, second and third.
Yes, I AM biased, an Astros fangrrrrl. I confess. (I am NOT sorry.)
Morgan was the one steady bat on this team from Opening Day to the Last Game of the regular season.
In fact, he was the ONLY guy on the team to hit well in May – you know, THAT month, the one that got us to 15 – 30. Take a look at this chart (courtesy of espn.com): and remember, he was hit by a pitch in his wrist on Sept 6 – he wasn’t really the same guy afterward… also, most of those CS are screwed up hitnruns that Phil tried so (predictably) often in the first few months.
And please take a look at THIS table (also from espn.com) – note he hit his very best with RISP, Man on 3rd and man on 3rd with 2 outs. This is called clutch (something the AL voters disbelieve in which is why they picked Mr. Purple Lipstick over Big Papi…)
For the year, he hit .283; .388 OBP; .557 SLG (9th in NL); .945 OPS (8th in NL) – 86 runs scored, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 36 HR (6th in NL), 85 BB + 9 HBP, 119K, 12 GIDP in 624 PA. (note that he greatly decreased his GIDP from last year – 17 GIDP/ 426 PA)
Morgan received 10 3rd place, 7 4th place, 7 5th place, 2 6th place, 1 7th and 1 8th place votes – 160 points
Other Astros who received votes:
Lance Berkman was 14th with 21 points
Roger Clemens was 22nd with 8 points
Roy Oswalt was 23rd with 6 points
Andy Pettitte was 25th with 5 points
Brad Lidge was 31st with 1 point
Click here to read the full tabel of results (bbref.com)
If yall will notice, 6 Houston players received at least one vote – we had more players receive a vote than any other NL team.
p.s. – congratulations Albert. You deserved it, NO question. I hate you. I wish you were on MY team…
and Derrek Lee picked the wrong year to do that well. Andruw Jones hit a lot of HRs, he surely did, but Jason Bay shoulda got a LOT more respect than he did – can you say Brian Giles all over again???!!!