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Holliday takes 18th in NL MVP vote

Holliday takes 18th in NL MVP vote

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DENVER -- The 2008 season was not what the Rockies or former Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday hoped, but Holliday's work was recognized to the tune of an 18th-place tie in voting for the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player Award -- won by the Cardinals' Albert Pujols on Monday.

Holliday, traded to the Athletics last week, finished second to the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins for the NL MVP Award in 2007, when Holliday lifted the Rockies to the NL title and their first trip to the World Series. This past season, Holliday had almost as good a campaign, but the Rockies finished third in the NL West.

This year's voting saw Holliday finish with 13 points, one vote each for fifth, sixth, seventh and 10th places. He tied with the Padres' Adrian Gonzalez.

Holliday hit .321 with 25 home runs and 88 RBIs for the Rockies in 2008 and finished third in the NL in batting after winning the title in 2007. Holliday also had a career-high 28 stolen bases -- double what he stole while establishing his previous best, in 2005.

The Rockies sent Holliday him to the Athletics for right-handed relief pitcher Huston Street, left-handed starting pitcher Greg Smith and left-handed-hitting outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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