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Players Choice Awards also announced

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
season.

Atlanta closer John Smoltz was voted the Marvin Miller Man of
the Year, an award given for both on-field performance and community
service.

Toronto's Roy Halladay was voted the AL's outstanding pitcher,
and Los Angeles reliever Eric Gagne was selected the NL's
outstanding pitcher.

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.