NEW YORK -- St. Louis outfielder Albert Pujols was voted player of the year by his peers in balloting conducted by the Major
League Baseball Players' Association.
Pujols also won NL outstanding player in the Players Choice
Awards, which were announced Wednesday. Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez was voted AL outstanding player for the third straight
Atlanta closer John Smoltz was voted the Marvin Miller Man of
the Year, an award given for both on-field performance and community
Kansas City's Angel Berroa and Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik were
voted the outstanding rookies of their leagues. Esteban Loiaza of
the Chicago White Sox and Rod Beck of San Diego won the comeback
player awards in their leagues.