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On Tuesday, Ryan Braun became the 3rd Milwaukee Brewers player and first since 1989 to win an MVP Award. Braun received 20 of 32 first-place votes to edge out the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and teammate Prince Fielder for one of baseball’s most prestigious awards.
I’m not always on par with what the MLB or corresponding baseball media does (e.g. All-Star Selections, Silver Slugger Winners and Gold Glove Awards), but this time around the Baseball Writers’ Association of America got it right.
There’s one underlying reason the award should of went to Braun and that reason is winning. With the help of a much-improved pitching staff (closer John Axford finished 17th in MVP voting), the 28 year old Braun helped the Brewers reach a franchise-best 96 wins en route to their first division title in nearly 30 years.
Meanwhile Matt Kemp was a superstar on a Dodgers team who won 82 games and didn’t come close to sniffing the playoffs.
The MVP Award is supposed to go to the “Most Valuable...
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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...
Because, you know, he was the best player in the NL this season. And if you're the best player, and have the best season, you provide the most value to your team. You know there's a serious disconnect and major issues with who gets to vote when most of the voters begin their explanation with "Matt Kemp was the best player, but....". There is no but; the award is...
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...
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?
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
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...
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 [...]
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.
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1. A lack of team victories may have been the only thing that prevented Matt Kemp from winning the NL MVP on Tuesday, but you have to love the way the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder responded to the disappointment of finishing second to Ryan...
Bad news for National League pitchers: Matt Kemp did not win the NL Most Valuable Player Award. Despite 39 homers and 40 steals, Kemp had to settle for second place to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in Tuesday's NL MVP voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
How many players do I rank ahead of Matt Kemp for next season?Click the title to read more.Read more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.
Ryan Braun appeared on MLB Network to talk about his MVP award. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like anyone paid attention to what he was saying, because they were too focused on his awful haircut. By the end of the year, Braun was rocking a pretty solid mullet. So far this season, it's gotten worse. He's now in Javier Bardem territory.Tell me, Matt Kemp, what's the...