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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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Comments

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

VALUE.


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Now that we've got that out of the way, what's the arguement for Kemps, say it with me, VALUE? "The Dodgers would have finished 30 games back as opposed to 11.5 in the division." The MVP isn't always the better player. How many times do we have to go over this people.


A-ROD.

A-ROD.

A-ROD.

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How many times do we have to go over this, product? There IS a precedent for players on bad teams winning MVP. A-Rod did it playing on a MUCH worse Texas Rangers team-with much better support in the lineup. Have been a baseball fan long?



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Kemp had better stats than Braun, but Kershaw was the Dodgers most valuable player - not Kemp.  No Dodger deserves the MVP award after the season they had - not that it was anyone on the teams fault, but not making the playoffs is what hurt Kemp.  I personally would have voted for Kemp, but I can't argue Braun - congrats.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

No way, how can this many people that actually get a vote be this ignorant? 

No pressure for Kemp?  Really...whomever made that comment doesnt understand what a Triple Crown is.

Braun was protected in the line up by Fielder, Kemp was protected by....??? NO ONE!  
not to mention hitter friendly Miller Park vs. Dodger Stadium
not to mention tougher pitching opponents in the West, as well as OTHER pitcher friendly parks.

Just an atrocity, they should look more closely at who is voting...wow, they got this one WAY wrong.
 



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Thats cause teams didnt have to worry about Kemp or anyone on the team. In other words Kemp got gravey pitching cause other teams didnt care if he got hits why not no one else in the lineup was going to bring him in. The only time he got worked on at the plate was with runners on before he was up and then they still didnt sweat it cause they would be up by 6 or 8 runs.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Kemp had the luxury of no pressure in September playing a bunch of meaningless games.  His September was spectacular.  Braun had a spectacular September winning games with his offense and defense in the pressure of a pennant race and trying to secure home field advantage.  Their offensive numbers are pretty similar, but Braun is a much better defender and performed clutch under pressure.  He deserved it much more than Kemp.
Demo, if you're going to argue for your guy at least bring something factual to the table. Braun is one more dropped ball or bad throw short of being a defensive liability. As far as the "luxury"of no pressure, you try driving in runs when you're the only run producer in the lineup against teams with superior pitching who are themselves trying to make the playoffs.

Try not to sound like a homer with a grudge next time.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

VALUE.


VALUE.


VALUE.


VALUE.


Now that we've got that out of the way, what's the arguement for Kemps, say it with me, VALUE? "The Dodgers would have finished 30 games back as opposed to 11.5 in the division." The MVP isn't always the better player. How many times do we have to go over this people.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

As good as Braun is Kemp had the better season no contest.  Better team Brewers a factor, but I`ll argue Kemp`s #`s amazing considering the stiffs he had hitting before & after him all year. Also showing writers complete stupidity in voting how the hell does Miguel Montero, Pablo Sandoval, Shane Victorino & Cralos Ruiz receive a vote???   



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Their offensive numbers are pretty similar, but Braun is a much better defender
You are obviously nuts...Braun a better defender than Kemp?  Matt Kemp?  Two-time Gold Glove winning CF and you think the 3B converted to LF because of poor defense is the "much better defender"?  Kemp not only beat Braun in most offensive categories (including "wins above replacement" by a wide margin) it is Kemp who is BY FAR the better defensive player, that is not even remotely debatable.  Kemp should have been the MVP regardless of where the Dodgers finished, its an individual award after all (if you want to make it above where your team finishs, according WAR numbers Dodgers have 8 or 9 less wins without Kemp, Brewers only 6 or 7 fewer wins without Braun).



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:32 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.


fuzznutz
Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:32 pm
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