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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America named Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun MVP on Tuesday as the 28-year-old beat out the Dodgers Matt Kemp by 56 points.
Jose Reyes, who beat out Braun for the National League batting title this season, received nothing higher than a fifth place vote on any ballot but his 31 total points were good enough for an 11th place finish as he edged out Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw (29 points):
I would argue that Matt Kemp was more valuable to his team than Ryan Braun, but I think at that point you’re splitting hairs. I don’t have a problem with Braun winning but was surprised to see Ryan Howard round out the top 10 over Reyes. There were 22 voters that left Howard off their ballots completely but with one fourth place and three fifth place votes he was able to outpoint Jose.
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While it remains to be seen whether or not Reyes’s hamstring issues will cost him a big chunk of money in free agency, it’s safe to say they cost him his chance at capturing NL MVP honors. Through the first half of the year I think you’d be hard pressed to find a writer that wouldn’t have had Reyes on top of their ballot, but the season is a grueling 162 games long and with just 126 games under his belt in 2011, you just can’t argue that the Mets shortstop was the most valuable player in the league.
*Notes- Former Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran received one 8th place vote, good for 3 points and a top 20 finish.
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