Howard, who turned 26 on Sunday, is the first player to win rookie of the year and the MVP award in consecutive seasons since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1982-83. The Phillies first baseman hit .313 with 58 homes runs and 149 runs batted in in 2006.
The award is decided on a vote of 32 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who cover the National League.
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