Players Choice Awards also announced

Updated: November 6, 2003, 3:27 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

Albert Pujols

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.

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