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New York, NY (Sports Network) - San Francisco slugger became the first major leaguer to be named Most Valuable Player six times and the first to win it three straight years, as he was tabbed National League MVP on Tuesday. The 39-year-old Bonds was listed first on 28 of the 32 ballots from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He also got two second-place votes and two thirds for a total of 426 points to easily outdistance of the St. Louis . Pujols got three first-place votes and 29 seconds for 303 points. It marked the second straight year Bonds and Pujols finished 1-2 in the voting with Bonds being the unanimous winner in 2002.

Atlanta right fielder was third in the voting with the final first-place vote and 247 points. Philadelphia first baseman , who led the NL with 47 homers, came in fourth place with 203 points. Atlanta catcher (159) finished fifth and closer (143), who captured the National League Cy Young Award last week, was sixth.

Before his current run, Bonds also won the MVP award for Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1992 and for the in 1993. In 2001 Bonds set the major league record with 73 homers on his way to the NL MVP. The following year he broke the all- time, single-season record for on-base percentage to win the award again.

This past season, Bonds helped the to the NL West title by pacing the majors with a .529 on-base percentage, .749 slugging percentage, 148 walks and 61 intentional walks. The left fielder also hammered 45 homers to tie for second in the NL, while placing third with a .341 batting average and tying for fifth with 111 runs. Bonds, also had 90 RBI, marking just the third time in the last 14 years he's failed to reach the century mark. However, Bonds attained his superior stats this past season despite playing in only 130 games, missing some time due to the death of his father, Bobby, August 23.

Bonds, who made his 12th All-Star appearance this year, has 658 career homers, which is just two behind his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time list.

Bonds is the second oldest winner of an MVP. Pittsburgh first baseman Willie Stargell, the co-winner in 1979, turned 39 March 6 of that year.

San Francisco is the first NL team to win four consecutive MVPs, as second baseman captured the honor in 2000. The accomplished the feat twice in the American League with Yogi Berra in 1954 and '55 and Mickey Mantle in 1956 and '57 and with Roger Maris in 1960 and '61, Mantle in '62 and Elston Howard in '63.

The have now won the MVP 11 times, tying the Cincinnati for second in the NL behind the ' 14. Other winners for the MVP were Carl Hubbell in 1933 and '36, Mays in 1954 and '65, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989.

The 23-year-old Pujols topped all major leaguers with a .359 batting average, had 43 homers and 124 RBI. He was in contention for the Triple Crown right until late September. This past season, Pujols established career-bests in several offensive categories and led the NL in runs scored (137), hits (212), and doubles (51). He became the youngest to win an NL batting title since the ' Tommy Davis in 1962. The 2001 NL Rookie of the Year also became the only player in Major League Baseball history to hit .300, hit 30 home runs, score 100 runs and drive in 100 runs in each of his first three seasons.

Pujols is the 10th player to finish second two years in a row.

Sheffield hit .330, matching his career-high of 1992. He hit over .300 for a sixth straight season and his 132 RBI broke the Atlanta record of 127 set by Hank Aaron in 1966. Sheffield also had 39 homers.

Thome was tied with this year's AL MVP, , for the most homers in the majors. Thome also had 131 RBI and 111 walks in his first year in the National League. However, Thome was hampered with a .266 batting average, as he struck out 182 times, the most in the NL. Thome's 47 homers were one shy of Mike Schmidt's (1980) team record.

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