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BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: December 11, 2011 4:16 pm
 
Ryan Braun

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Baseball Writers Association of America will not strip Ryan Braun of his National League Most Valuable Player award if he is suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O'Connell told the Los Angeles Times.

Ryan Braun

"I got the same question after Ken Caminiti came clean about his steroids usage, and whether we should give the 1996 MVP award instead to (second-place finisher) Mike Piazza," O'Connell told the newspaper. "The answer is no.

"We did not strip Alex Rodriguez of the 2003 MVP when it was learned later he used PEDs while in Texas.

"The voters used the information they had at the time of the election. I don't see how we can change that."

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp finished second in the MVP voting. Braun received 20 of 32 first-place votes, while Kemp had 10. Braun received 388 total points in the voting to Kemp's 332. Braun finished second on all 12 ballots that didn't vote for him as the first-place finisher. Kemp had 16 second-place votes and six third-place votes. Braun's teammate, Prince Fielder finished third with one first-place vote and 229 total points, followed by Arizona's Justin Upton, who had one first-place vote and 214 total points.

Braun has denied he took PEDs and has appealed the positive test.

The BBWAA, not Major League Baseball, awards the MVP and is in charge of its voting.

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Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:57 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

What's the point of announcing that Braun failed a drug test if they aren't going strip his MVP award?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:46 pm
 

MVP = Most Valuable Player

If Braun wasn't on this team they woulda won around 80 games.

If Kemp wasn't on Dodgers, they woulda won 50-60 games.

Stats were better othan avg. and slg.%




How was Kemp not the MVP in the first place?
Oh yeah I forgot they can't give CY Young and MVP to the same team.

Shame on you Braun for even having this comeup even if you are innocent. 



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:44 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

Gutless.  If proven that he cheated, then he doesn't deserve the award. 



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:42 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

Well, they shafted Kemp once, might as well do it again.



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:34 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

Ryan Braun is a LOSER!!  It is time they start kicking these guys out of baseball. 



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:09 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

if it was the heisman they would that it so i say take it...



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:26 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

If I ran Baseball I would take the MVP away and give it to who placed second in the voting. How can you let a cheater keep an award that he cheated to get??? Makes no sense! Of couse we live in a PC world where it's mean have real consequences for your actions. Just slaps



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:20 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

Kemp's juicing too - they all are.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:10 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

If Ryan Braun is suspended for P.E.D then everyone will know that Matt Kemp was the real NL MVP.

Go Dodgers!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:17 pm
 

BBWAA won't strip Ryan Braun of MVP

Let the process come to a conclusion before condemnation.  We don't know all the facts, so arguing whether to strip the MVP award from him is putting the cart before the horse.
The problem is that a person just have to accused of doing something wrong, public opinion is ready to believe they are guilty. I am holding my opinion about Braun might had broke MLB rules till the outcome of the second test, there always a chance that he is Innocent. I would never know till all the facts are in


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