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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: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Braun wow it and it wasnt even close and shouldnt have been. Nothing against Kemp he had a great season. Kemp had no pressure they were not in it all season so what better then the work on your own game and your marketability for the big $$$$ trade. Braun was clutch when the Brewers needed it. He always came up with the big play or how about a leadoff 1st inning homer to get the other team down or mabye you get gun d down at the plate trying to sac fly score, hea did it all 99% of the time. Fielder was great too.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Says the guy from Milwaukee...put Prince Fielder behind Matt Kemp and let him play 81 times in the launch zone you call a ballpark and Kemp would've absolutely annhilated everyone.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Ridiculous.
Ryan Braun was clearly the MVP.
I don't recall seeing the Dodgers in October and you certainly wouldn't have seen the Brewers there as well without Braunie.
Ryan did it all this year, hit for average, power, stole bases, clutch hit and his defense improved markedly. Kemp was certainly his team's MVP, but the LEAGUE'S MVP is Ryan Braun.
Now that was ridiculous.  Braun had a great year, no doubt about it.  Most years, an MVP type season but not this year.  Without  Braun, the Brewers still have Prince Fielder and a good shot at the playoffs.  Without Kemp the Dodgers had...what...on offense.  Kemp plays in the much more friendly pitchers park of the two and Braun was protected in the lineup hitting in front of Fielder while Kemp hit in front of some combination of Ethier, Rivera, Loney, Sands, etc yet Kemp still put up more HR, RBI, steals and scored more runs than Braun.  Kemp had more hits and was well ahead of Braun in every variation of WAR (wins above replacement).  Then add in the fact Kemp is the Gold Glove center fielder (a premium position) while Braun is a merely average (at best) defensive corner outfielder and the clear result is that Kemp should have been the MVP in the NL this year.  There is nothing in the official criteria for MVP that says the best player on the team with the best record, and the award has gone to players on teams that did not make the playoffs before and it should have happened again this year.  Kemp misses the Triple Crown by .008 points in BA (less than 5 hits over 600 AB) and no MVP?  What a joke.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Terfra, I can undertsand you wanting Braun to be MVP-he is the man on your team. But to say making an argument for Kemp is "ridiculous"? Hardly.

And this BS about Kemp not having any pressure-let's take a look at that. First, Kemp was facing teams that most certainly were playing games with playoff implications, and his at-bats affected their future. Second, he didn;t just play on a "bad" team-a team that was not THAT bad record wise-he played for an organization in total and absolute upheaval. Maybe one of the worst situations a player can play in-the fans hate the owners and stopped coming to the tune of 30-40% less than just the year before. Would have been easy for Kemp to phone it in or become frustrated-instead he dialed it up and was a one-man show, with ZERO support in the lineup. Ethier did squat this year, and he had nothing else around him-and yet he produced, and damned-near won the triple crown.

I don;t have a huge problem with Braun winning, I just believe a stronger case could be made for Kemp. The difference is in Kemp all around game-a gold glove center fielder who stole 40 bases AND lead or was second in all the categories Braun was strong in. 

Kemp should have won. 


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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:26 pm
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Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

anybody that thinks kemp should have won this award does not know a thing about baseball. one of the more spectacular seasons in recent memory
 



Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Bottom line, Matt Kemp faces way, way tougher pitchers and parks in the NL West than Ryan Braun. He also doesnt have Prince Fielder protection. This is very clearly a statement that where your team finishes matters a lot in MVP voting. This was Matt Kemps award and they gave it to Ryan Braun. Boo, lame.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Ryan Braun is not a better defense of player then Matt Kemp....In fact it is not even close Matt Kemp has won Gold gloves and is the best defensive center fielder in the major league baseball period. Ryan Braun had to moved to left field because he was a defensive liability at 3rd base that is a fact....If he was such a great defensive player he would have stayed at 3rd or moved to centerfield becuase as i see it look who plays centerfiield and 3rd for you guys....Now as far as offense goes he is a stud but did not have they year Kemp had 40 stolen bases led the league in home runs and rbi not Braun and oh by the way did not have Prince Fielder protecting him in the line up
  



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

matt kemp should have won it. mlb screwed this one up big time



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Ryan Braun is not a better defense of player then Matt Kemp....In fact it is not even close Matt Kemp has won Gold gloves and is the best defensive center fielder in the major league baseball period. Ryan Braun had to moved to left field because he was a defensive liability at 3rd base that is a fact....If he was such a great defensive player he would have stayed at 3rd or moved to centerfield becuase as i see it look who plays centerfiield and 3rd for you guys....Now as far as offense goes he is a stud but did not have they year Kemp had 40 stolen bases led the league in home runs and rbi not Braun and oh by the way did not have Prince Fielder protecting him in the line up
  


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