Both were solid candidates.
The Phillies should have at least one more candidate get votes next week when the NL Most Valuable Player Award is announced.
Ryan Howard is a strong candidate for MVP, although he is not a favorite to win.
Howard hit .279 with 37 doubles, four triples, 45 home runs, 141 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He tied with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder for the Major League lead in RBIs.
Howard set a career high in doubles and stolen bases and tied his career high in triples.
The Phillies have had their share of major award winners in the past.
The most recent came in 2007, when Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins earned NL MVP honors when he hit .296 with 38 doubles, 20 triples, 30 home runs, 94 RBIs and 41 stolen bases.
Rollins became the first player in baseball history to have 200 hits, 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season. He set career highs in games (162), runs (139), hits (212), triples, home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits (88) and at-bats (716). He led the league in at-bats, runs and triples. He set NL records for runs and extra-base hits for a shortstop. He set Major League records for plate appearances (778) and at-bats (716). His 212 hits were the most by a Phillies player since Dave Cash had 213 in 1975.
The Phillies have not had a NL Cy Young Award winner since 1987, when Steve Bedrosian won the award.
Howard won the NL MVP in 2006 and NL Rookie of the Year in '05.
|NL Most Valuable Player||Year||Cy Young||Year||NL Rookie of the Year||Year|
|Chuck Klein||1932||Steve Carlton||1972||Jack Sanford||1950|
|Jim Konstanty||1950||Steve Carlton||1977||Richie Allen||1964|
|Mike Schmidt||1980||Steve Carlton||1980||Scott Rolen||1997|
|Mike Schmidt||1981||Steve Carlton||1982||Ryan Howard||2005|
|Mike Schmidt||1986||John Denny||1983|
|Ryan Howard||2006||Steve Bedrosian||1987|
|Manager of the Year||Year||Silver Slugger||Year||Rawlings Gold Glove||Year|
|Larry Bowa||2001||Manny Trillo||1980||Bobby Wine||1963|
|Mike Schmidt||1980||Bobby Shantz||1964|
|Pete Rose||1981||Ruben Amaro||1964|
|Manny Trillo||1981||Bill White||1966|
|Mike Schmidt||1981||Larry Bowa||1972|
|Mike Schmidt||1982||Garry Maddox||1975|
|Mike Schmidt||1983||Garry Maddox||1976|
|Mike Schmidt||1984||Mike Schmidt||1976|
|Mike Schmidt||1986||Jim Kaat||1976|
|Juan Samuel||1987||Garry Maddox||1977|
|Darren Daulton||1992||Mike Schmidt||1977|
|Lenny Dykstra||1993||Jim Kaat||1977|
|Bobby Abreu||2004||Garry Maddox||1978|
|Ryan Howard||2006||Mike Schmidt||1978|
|Chase Utley||2006||Larry Bowa||1978|
|Jimmy Rollins||2007||Bob Boone||1978|
|Chase Utley||2007||Garry Maddox||1979|
|Chase Utley||2008||Mike Schmidt||1979|
|Chase Utley||2009||Bob Boone||1979|
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.