Rockies’ Tulowitzki rallies to figure in NL MVP voting |

Rockies’ Tulowitzki rallies to figure in NL MVP voting

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post
PHILADELPHIA ,PA--OCTOBER 8TH 2009--Troy Tulowitzki gets Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies, out at second, unable to get Chase Utley out at first in the first inning of play during game two of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park Thursday afternoon. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

The idea that Troy Tulowitzki would appear on an National League MVP ballot seemed preposterous on May 28.

He was hitting .226 with five home runs when manager Jim Tracy took over. The Rockies were buried in the National League West basement. To finish .500 was an ambitious thought. The playoffs weren’t even mentioned.

But after changing to an upright batting stance at Tracy’s suggestion, Tulowitzki went off, helping lead the Rockies to the postseason with four spectacular months. Tulowitzki finished fifth in the NL MVP voting today after hitting .297 with 32 home runs and 92 RBIs.

The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols was an unanimous selection, followed by Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, the Brewers’ Prince Fielder and Tulowitzki.

“It’s an honor to be in the top 5 in the voting, but it would not be possible without my great teammates and coaches,” Tulowitkzi told The Denver Post today. “Individual awards are great, don’t get me wrong. But winning a World Series is why I play the game.”

Other Rockies who received votes were Todd Helton (13th place), Huston Street (25th) and Brad Hawpe (30th).

Tulowitzki benefited greatly from Tracy’s leadership. Tracy showed confidence in him, and never removed him out of the lineup unless it was related to an injury, a stark departure from multiple benchings from previous boss Clint Hurdle in April and May.

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