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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: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Congratulations Ryan.



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

     Sometimes, it's not all about the numbers but how and when you do what you do.  I'm the biggest Cardinal fan in the world, but I say this guy deserves the MVP.  I love Albert, but he hit in the clutch about 1/5 the time that this guy did.  Kemp had a great season to say the least.  This guy wins in a photo finish.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

I mean Awards not rewards




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

The MVP is a joke anyway.  It should not be decided by writers what the hell do they know, answer is - about the same as you and me.  I don't know why the managers don't vote for all the rewards.




Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

better numbers in other areas? u mean like runs and rbi's?  check your stats please , kemp had 40 to braun's 33 stolen bases.  tell me how well braun would hit with aaron miles hitting behind him...case closed.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

better numbers in other areas? u mean like runs and rbi's?  check your stats please , kemp had 40 to braun's 33 stolen bases.  tell me how well braun would hit with aaron miles hitting behind him...case closed.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Kemp was hurt by the fact his team wasn't any good. MVP is for most VALUABLE player, not necessarly the best player, and how can you argue that Braun wasn't the most valuable to his team?  How many games did he win with his bat, either driving in the runs or getting on base and scoring runs. How many high pressure at bats did Braun come through with?  How many high pressure ABs did Kemp even have?
I don't know, how many did Braun have? You're just assuming your conclusions, which is a logical fallacy. Don't just ask rhetorical questions, find out the answers before you come to a conclusion.

Did Kemp have better stats?  Yes he did.  But did Kemp mean more to his team than Braun?  Nope. 

I would say based on the long-term contracts each team offered the player that the Dodgers value Kemp more than the Brewers value Braun. A lot more.

Stop thinking that the MVP is somehow the Heisman.  Had the Dodgers made the play-offs, Kemp wins the award running away.  But its hard to be the MVP on a 3rd place team.
It's hard to be the MVP when you start with the assumption that makes it impossible.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

These guys both had great seasons and both were deserving of the MVP. For the first time in a long time I was actually interested in an MVP ballot.   Kemp had better stats - slightly better stats - and a Gold Glove. But Braun was the best player on a good team that made it far into the playoffs. 

It's funny reading the Dodger and Brewer fans go back and forth.  I agree if Kemp had one more homer and was a 40/40 guy he would have probably won.  I also agree that the criteria the voters use to pick their MVP is pretty silly.  I'm a Cub fan and I wouldn't have given Castro a vote, even if he did lead the league in hits.  Didn't he also lead the league in errors?  In any event, I wish Kemp and Braun were Cubs. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Look, it’s so simple. Put Jason Verlander on the Twins and what do they win in 2011? Nothing. One player alone cannot make a baseball team a winner, if the rest of the team is bad.

Trade Braun for Kemp. Do the Brewers win the NL Central with Kemp in the lineup instead of Braun? Hell yes! Do the Dodgers win the NL West with Braun in the lineup instead of Kemp? Not likely.

I love Ryan Braun, he is a terrific player and I can see why he is an MVP. But Kemp, in 2011, was the better player. And better always means it’s more valuable.




Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Ryan Braun wins NL MVP

Always come down to same thing....is it who's most valuable to his team? Or who's the best player? Not the same thing. Braun was on the better team and was most valuable to a winning team. Without question Kemp had the best year. So change the name of the award?
 How do Sandoval,Axford and Montero get MVP votes? Must be a "who's name can we put in just to screw with people" vote.


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