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He scoffed at the notion his participation in two home run derbies, at the All-Star Game and for Shaquille O'Neal's reality show, hurt him in the second half.
"Come on guys, I take almost 40,000 swings a year including my offseason," Pujols said. "I'm not a machine, but I build myself for that."
Roy Campanella and Mike Schmidt also won three NL MVPs apiece.
Pujols has been voted among the top 10 in all nine of his big league seasons, finishing second in 2002, 2003 and 2006; third in 2004; fourth in 2001; and ninth in 2007.
Pujols is the only player to hit 30 homers in his first nine seasons, has never hit below .314 and has tremendous range at first base, setting a major league record with 185 assists this year.
Five players have won three AL MVPs: Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Alex Rodriguez.
In addition to Pujols and Bonds, unanimous NL winners were Orlando Cepeda (1967), Schmidt (1980), Jeff Bagwell (1994) and Ken Caminiti (1996). Unanimous AL winners have been Hank Greenberg (1935), Al Rosen (1953), Mantle (1956), Frank Robinson (1966), Denny McLain (1968), Reggie Jackson (1973), Jose Canseco (1988), Frank Thomas (1993) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1997).
Pujols will receive a $200,000 bonus for winning the award. He's signed for next season at $16 million, the Cardinals hold a $16 million option for 2011, and both sides agree there's no hurry on a new contract.
"We don't want to drag this into the 11th hour, but nothing's imminent," Mozeliak said.
Pujols reiterated he'd like to retire with the Cardinals.
"This is where I want to be and I don't hide that," Pujols said. "They don't have to deal with me right now."
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