Strike Three! Holliday Loses Out On MVP

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Jimmy Rollins won the National League MVP award in a close race over the Colorado Rockies' Matt Holliday today, boosted by speed and steady all-around play that drove the Philadelphia Phillies to their first playoff berth in 14 years.

The Gold Glove shortstop received 16 of 32 first-place votes and finished with 353 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Holliday, who led Colorado's surprising charge to the World Series, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes and 336 points.

Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder came in third, with five first-place votes and 284 points.

Holliday, the NL championship series MVP, hit .340 with 137 RBIs.

He's the third player since 1967 to lead a league in both categories.