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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: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:21 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

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

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:02 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

maybe Braun got the MVP because the dodger payroll was 50 MILLION more than the brewers. Shouldn't a 140 million dollar payroll beat an 85million payroll. Dodgers sure tried to buy Kemp good players around him.

Wow, congrats daadgman. Dumbest argument ever.

Glad you didn't get a vote.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:02 pm

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

why do you guys leave paragraph comments?
Perhaps, Boomer12, because we feel that saying "Kemp deserved it, Braun did not, is not much of a discussion.  If I wanted to sit around at a circle jerk I would go see if I can room with Jerry Sandusky, or join a Dallas Cowboy fanbased chat room.  But this is a place for discussion and debate.  Otherwise, it is quite boring. 

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:26 am

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Both players had great years... However the award went to the wrong man in my eyes. 

Kemp was the MVP!   

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:28 am

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

why do you guys leave paragraph comments?

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:16 am

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

HAVE A HAPPY Thanksgiving Millpounder
You too, Brian

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:12 am

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

I don't know why voters don't realize that this is an individual award.  Kemp should not have been penalized for being on a non-contending team.  When I was a kid it seemed like the MVP went to the best player, period.  Did that best player sometime end up on the best team?  Yes.  But sometimes not.  Winning is a team accomplishment.  For some reason, after ARod won it with the last place Rangers (2003), the voters started crying about "how can you vote a guy the MVP if his team didn't win".  But these are the same voters who gave Rafael Palmeiro the Gold Glove in 1999 when he played all of 28 games that season at 1b (the rest of the season he was DH).  Mike Schmidt won the MVP despite his team finishing 21.5 games out of first (1987).  The following year Andre Dawson won it on the last place Cubs.  Now, in 1985 Willie McGee won it playing on the WS team, but the argument can easily be made that he WAS the best that year.  1st in BA, 3rd in runs, 1st in triples, 3rd in runs produced, 1st in offensive WAR.  He WAS the engine for that Cardinals team.  I personally would have voted for Dave Parker, but I think he may have lost votes more for his past drug history than because McGee was on a 1st place team and he on the 2nd place team.  And when he did win his MVP (1978), his team did not make the playoffs.  Dale Murphy's Braves only made the playoffs in 1 of his 2 MVP seasons.  These are only a select few that support my case, but the fact is, when the writers were not as hung up on what the team did, they usually got it right.  The best teams NORMALLY have the best players in the league.  Isn't that why those teams are the best.  But sometimes great players end up on horrible teams.  It takes more than 1 player to make a championship team.  If not, Albert Pujols would have won more than a couple WS rings by now.

Listen, I hate the Dodgers.  The only thing worse than a Dodger is a Met.  (I have only rooted for a select few Dodgers, and one Met, in my lifetime....Davey Lopes, Steve Howe (I know, drug addict), Steve Sax and Rusty Staub....I began rooting for Garvey and Fernando AFTER they left LA).  But I fully believe that Kemp had the best season in the NL, and should have won it hands down.  You win 2 of the 3 legs of the triple crown, and come in 3rd in the other, you win.  In a track meet that would have been 11 points.  The best that Braun could have done was two 2nds and a 1st, which would have also been 11. I don't believe he actually got those two 2nds and a 1st.

And the argument could be made that on a better team he would have had more opportunities to drive in runs, so it could have been even more.

And he has a really nice glove.

Braun is a hell of a player.  Would love to have him on my Phillies team.  But this year he deserved 2nd in the MVP voting. 

Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:58 am
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Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:55 am

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

maybe Braun got the MVP because the dodger payroll was 50 MILLION more than the brewers. Shouldn't a 140 million dollar payroll beat an 85million payroll. Dodgers sure tried to buy Kemp good players around him.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:42 am

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Kemp was MVP hands down! People, especially writesr, constantly talk about guys tanking it when they know the team is going nowhere, but here you have a guy who obviously left it all on the field, challenged for the triple crown and the best we can say is "oh, well your team didn't win".  Dodgers won 82 games with that lousy lineup, how many games do they win if you replace Kemp with an average MLB player?  He probably singlehandedly prevented them from losing 100 games. 

I like Braun, but he was not any more responsible for the success of the Brewers than Fielder, take either player out of that lineup and the Brewers do not make the playoffs.  Player's aren't typically penalized for being on a good team, they shouldn't be penalized for being on a bad team either as the player often has no control over the acquisition of the other 24 guys on the roster.

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