Derrek Lee had a solid year for the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but finished 9th in National League MVP Award voting. Albert Pujols of the Cubs biggest rival – the St. Louis Cardinals – was the unanimous winner, followed up by Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins, Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lee’s 111 RBI’s were a career high. His .306 batting average led the team. Lee clubbed 35 HR’s, the most since 2005 when he hit 46 HR’s and finished 3rd in Most Valuable Player award voting.
Lee became the 5th player in Cubs history to have at least 2 seasons with the Cubs in which he had a .300 batting average and hit at least 30 HR’s and 100 RBI’s. The other 4 players to do so – Hack Wilson (4 times); Ernie Banks (2 times); Billy Williams (3 times); and Sammy Sosa (3 times).
Congrats on a GREAT year D-Lee – please keep it up during the 2010 MLB schedule…