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Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 8:24 pm
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By Matt Snyder


Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has won the National League Most Valuable Player award, garnering 20 of the 32 first-place votes. This marks the first time a Brewers player has ever won the NL MVP. Previous Brewers winners -- Robin Yount (1982, 1989) and Rollie Fingers (1981) -- came when the ballclub was a member of the American League.

Braun, 28, hit .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI, 109 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. He led the NL in slugging percentage and OPS. He also helped lead his team to a 96-66 record, an NL Central championship and a trip to the NLCS for the first time in franchise history.

"This really is a dream," Braun said. "This is beyond my wildest dreams to be in this position at this point in my career."

Most Valuable Player
Braun beat out a pretty solid field of sluggers in the Senior Circuit, with Matt Kemp of the Dodgers finishing second.

Kemp's case was very strong, and this felt like a two-horse race for the entire month of September. Kemp challenged for the triple crown (leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI). He led the NL with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, but finished third in batting average at a .324 clip. He also stole 40 bases, won a Gold Glove and led the NL in total bases.

"Matt's one of the best players in the game. No question about it. The season he had will go down as one of the greatest in Dodgers history," said Braun. "If he had won the MVP I certainly couldn't have argued with him winning. He had a phenomenal year."

Alas, the Dodgers weren't in contention all season, finishing third place in the NL West at 82-79. Ultimately, the difference in team performance seems to be what propelled Braun over Kemp.

"If you honestly assess both of our seasons individually I think his numbers are probably better than mine, and I just feel fortunate to have been on the better team," Braun said. "It's an individual award, but it's a result of being part of a special team, a special organization."

Here are the top 10 finishers, with voting points in parentheses:

1. Braun (388)
2. Kemp (332)
3. Prince Fielder (229)
4. Justin Upton (214)
5. Albert Pujols (166)
6. Joey Votto (135)
7. Lance Berkman (118)
8. Troy Tulowitzki (69)
9. Roy Halladay (52)
10. Ryan Howard (39)

The following players, in order of vote totals, also received votes: Jose Reyes, Clayton Kershaw, Shane Victorino, Ian Kennedy, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, John Axford, Michael Morse, Carlos Beltran, Miguel Montero, Yadier Molina, Starlin Castro, Craig Kimbrel, Carlos Ruiz, Mike Stanton.

It's worth noting that this was the 11th season Pujols has finished in the top 10 of MVP voting -- and he's only been in the league for 11 years. He's won MVP three times and finished in the top five 10 of those 11 years.

Kemp took home 10 first-place votes, with Fielder and Upton getting one each. Braun had the rest. Only Braun, Kemp and Fielder received second-place votes.

Braun is locked up with Milwaukee through the 2020 season, as he signed a five-year extension in April. The 2011 MVP award will join the 2007 Rookie of the Year in Braun's trophy case.

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Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:55 am
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Ryan Braun should have to give the MVP award up and personally hand it to Matt Kemp on national TV with an apology for being a cheater.  A 50 Day suspension ain't enough for me.  I'm sick of the cheaters.  What a role model he is not.  Oh, put Pete Rose in the Hall..........



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:25 am
 

Ryan Braun is guilty just like those before him

ROIDS!



Sad but true. He needs at least a 50 games suspension and should have to give the MVP award back as well.   


likemetodo
Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:40 am
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:15 am
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Vince Young was in prison?Tongue out Sorry I had to. Stupid people are fun to laugh at.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:02 pm
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Braun is the better player, period...He came up with clutch ab's time after time after time this season.  Kemp had a great year, but had no pressure on him, because his team sucked! Besides Fielder, Braun's supporting cast pretty much disappeared late in the year, he needed to come up huge in almost every ab he had, and he did...Kemp never had any added pressure because the dodgers were out of the playoffs since may.  That's what I think MOST VALUABLE means...
And I can flip it around and say that because Braun had Fielder, the pressure was not as great.  If Kemp didn't get it done, he did not have a Prince to save him. 

We can slice this pie a million ways, but the bottom line is Braun did not have stats as good as Kemp's, either the traditional counting stats or the new ones like wins above replacement.  Just by the WAR numbers alone, Kemp was more valuable.  And traditionally, the MVP went to the best player...it was not until the past decade or so that people started clamoring about them having to be on the best team too.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Braun is the better player, period...He came up with clutch ab's time after time after time this season.  Kemp had a great year, but had no pressure on him, because his team sucked! Besides Fielder, Braun's supporting cast pretty much disappeared late in the year, he needed to come up huge in almost every ab he had, and he did...Kemp never had any added pressure because the dodgers were out of the playoffs since may.  That's what I think MOST VALUABLE means...



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

mvp= most valuable player not best player. pure plain english. you want a different award so stop crying


Shredder, how do you define valuable?  I mean, in 2003 when A-Rod won the MVP, though his team was in last place, did his incredible numbers win a bunch of games for the Rangers?  Perhaps they would have won only 50 instead of the 71.  That is value, isn't it?  In Kemp's case, maybe he added 10 wins, and Braun only 9.  I don't know.  The Wins Above Replacement numbers peg Braun at 7.7 and Kemp at 10.0.  That tells me that Kemp is MORE VALUABLE.  He also had better overall numbers, so that tells me is was the better player too. 

So in "PLAIN ENGLISH" your comments really don't add up, do they?



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

In my opinion Braun won because ha had more two out hits with runners on. decepyive power, tbi's were close but overall i feel he had a better year 



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Good choice!  Braun has the numbers and continues to show youthful enthusiasm for the game.  He chooses to support his team (rather than announcng that he will be leaving the team for free angency just before the playoffs) like another member of the Brewers.  Kudos to Braun.


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