Found November 22, 2011 on KNOX ANIMAL:
He may not have been the main star of Milwaukee Brewers last season, but Ryan Braun is the league's most valuable player. Sharing the spotlight with first baseman Prince Fielder, Braun capped off a fantastic 2011 campaign by edging out Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp for the award. Many thought that Kemp was a lock to be the NL MVP, but Braun proved everybody wrong. Braun finished the season with a .332 batting average, 33 homeruns, 33 stolen bases, 111 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .597. Kemp finished second in voting and Fielder finished third. It's about time Braun earned some respect. Braun has been solid throughout his career, posting a .312 career batting average, 161 homeruns, 531 RBIs and a .531 slugging percentage. Simply put, the guy has been a stud since he played his first game for the Brewers in 2007. [Image: lehighvalleylive]

Braun's next challenge could be going solo

MILWAUKEE He is the face of the franchise. He is the team's most consistent offensive performer. He's signed to the longest and richest contract in franchise history. And now, Ryan Braun is the National League's Most Valuable Player. Braun was announced as the winner Tuesday afternoon, beating out the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and his own teammate, Prince Fielder. It...

Matt Kemp finishes second behind Ryan Braun in NL MVP voting

Ryan Braun doubled up Matt Kemp in today's National League MVP voting. The Brewers' outfielder snagged 20 of 32 first-place votes. Kemp received 10 first-place votes.Braun had a tremendous season, leading the NL in OPS (.997) and slugging percentage (.597). He also joined the 30-30 club for the first time in his young career (33 HRs, 33 SBs).The award could have gone to...

Braun: NL MVP not an easy choice for voters

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he could sympathize with those voters tasked with selecting the National League MVP. Should it be the player who had the best statistical season, period? Or the player who had the best season for a contending team?


On an otherwise ordinary crappy day, justice was served to Milwaukee Brewer superstar Ryan Braun.  Braun edged out Matt Kemp who’s numbers were great, but were accomplished in irrelevance.  Braun teammate Prince Fielder placed third amongst NL candidates.  Major League Baseball got this one right.    The Brewers losing to the Cards still hurts, but good [...]

Brewers' Braun wins NL MVP; Reyes 11th

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun won the NL Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday after helping lead the Brewers to their first division title in nearly 30 years. The left fielder received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “I...

Ryan Braun muscles his way to first MVP

Speak softly, carry a big bat, and sell t-shirts with tigers on them: Those words are Ryan Braun's secret to success that earned him the 2011 National League MVP award. In a close vote that saw him earn 20 of 32 first place votes, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun won his first MVP award thanks to some eye-catching power numbers. He led the NL in slugging percentage...

Brewers offer arbitration to Fielder, K-Rod

MILWAUKEE The Brewers Wednesday offered arbitration to free agent first baseman Prince Fielder and reliever Francisco Rodriguez, a move that provides draft-pick compensation should the players decline the offer and sign with another team. Both Fielder and Rodriguez are considered Type A free agents, meaning the Brewers would get the signing team's first or second round draft...

Brewers offer arbitration to Fielder, Rodriguez

The Milwaukee Brewers have offered arbitration to Prince Fielder and right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez while declining to offer arbitration to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. By offering arbitration to Fielder and Rodriguez, the Brewers are eligible to receive compensatory draft picks if the players reject the offer and sign with other teams. Fielder, who finished third...

Writers strike out not choosing Matt Kemp as MVP

Dodgers outfielder should have been the National League winner instead of Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, whom voters apparently favored because the Brewers won the Central Division.I need some dirt to kick. I need a base to throw. I need a big blue chest to bump. I need an explanation

Jon Heyman projects 6-years and $120 million for Jose Reyes

In his column entitled “Projections for Pujols, Fielder, Reyes and the top 65 free-agents” (click here to read in full), Jon Heyman of offered up his projected landing spots and contracts for this Winter’s impressive crop of free agents.  Albert Pujols ($220 million, nine years) and Prince Fielder ($195 million, eight years) were predicted to land the biggest deals...
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