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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

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: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:57 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Kemp should have won, by far the bestr player this year.  Travesty.  F the East Coast!  enjoy shoveling snow for the next 8 months, you bitter, pasty white A-hole writers.
To be honest DodgerBrad I don't really have a horse in this race.  Either choice would've been fine with me as both are great players that had great years.  Kemp probably should've won and I guess I could agree that he was "the bestr player this year."

I just have ONE tid-bit of news for you, and it might crush your poor little heart: Milwaukee is in, say it with me now, THE MIDWEST!!!! You know, that often ignored part of the country that people on the coasts always forget about.  "Flyover" country I believe you call it. I know it's a dirty secret, but people actually live here!  So I HIGHLY doubt there's much "east coast bias" going on.  In fact, if nothing else, it's pretty amazing that Braun won it over Kemp considering their respective markets.

I PROMISE I'm not lying.  Look at a'll probably be really surprised! (I'll let you in on another secret: there's 50 states!!! and two of them aren't even connected to the other 48!!!)

Please don't do anything drastic though.  I know this changes your perspective on the world and all, but you'll be alright.

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:54 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Dear Brewer Douchebags...

I know that your self-worth, self-esteem and solo-sex lives are tied to your sports teams but seriously..this guy over Kemp?
Kemp was JOBBED and punished for having whack-jobs as owners.
Put ole bugg-eyes in the Dodgers pathetic line up and he'd never touch the numbers that Kemp put up. Now imagine Kemp in the Brewers line up...not to mention, I'm quite sure that Trennie K would enjoy Mr Kemp as well. (she loves her some ball players)

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:54 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:53 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Okay, done a little review, then I am done debating (got to get back to work) --

Kemp led Braun in Games (161 to 150), Hits (195-187), HR (39-33), RBI (126-111), Runs (115-109), Steals (40-33), OBP (.399 to .397) and total bases (353-336), outfield assists (11-8), and WAR (there are several different WAR ratings, Kemp averages about 1 to 1.5 games above Braun) and won the Gold Glove. 

Braun led Kemp in BA (.332-.324)  and SLG (.597-.586).  

Kemp got his numbers playing half his games in Dodger Stadium a noted pitchers' park, hitting in front of players such as Ethier, Rivera, Loney, Sands, etc.

Braun got his numbers hitting in front of Prince Fielder, the #3 vote getter at MVP in a definate hitters park in Milwaukee.

Braun had a great year, but Kemp should have won the MVP--he was clearly better this year.

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:52 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Good post, bballin. I think you left out a huge part of Kemp's value-the gold glove-in center field, an extremely demanding position. When you factor that in with the offensive numbers Kemp is the winner, imo.

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:51 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

I have to agree, Ryan Braun is an amazing player.  We'll see how amazing when he doesn't have Prince in the on deck circle behind him for a whole season.  The fact that Matt Kemp could put up those type of numbers in Dodger Stadium, with little or no help in the lineup, makes him more valuable to the Dodgers than Braun was to the Brewers.  Isn't that what the MVP award is all about?  I understand the Dodgers barely finished above .500, but they were among the best teams since the All Star Break and put the hurt to a few contenders along the way.  And Kemp led the way.

Because Braun had Fielder, Matt Kemp was more valuable to his team than anyone in the NL this past season.  

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:48 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Your an idiot!

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:47 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:46 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Well you got to seperate yourself more if your on a team with a bad season. Rally the team get em in the winning way but that did'nt happen.

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:44 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

People are really dumb!
Anyone arguing that either Braun or Kemp were HANDS DOWN winners are idiots!
There are arguements to be made for both.
Braun had Prince either behind or ahead of him part of year, that helps.
But these stats Kemp lovers are mentioning, come on!
Braun played in 11 LESS games than Kemp (injury).
ABs:  602-563 Kemp
Runs:  115-109 Kemp
Hits:  195-187 Kemp
HR:  39-33 Kemp
RBI:  126-111 Kemp
BB:  74-58 Kemp
SO:  93-159 Braun
SB:  40-33 Kemp
CAUGHT stealing:  11-6 Kemp
OBP  .399 to .397 Kemp
SLG:  .597 to .586  Braun
Avg:  .332 to .324 Braun

BUT factor in the 11 less games and those numbers are even more even than above!
Braun had more hits and runs per game.
Bottom line, this was a CLOSE race and when it's that close, factoring in how your team did makes sense.  I'd be unhappy if I were a Dodger fan, but to say it's not even close is dumb. 
And come on fellow Brewer fans, don't be biased.  


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