Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/22/11
The National League announced their Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season on Tuesday, when Milwaukee Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun took home the trophy after a season in which he hit .322/.397/.597 with 33 homers and 111 RBIs. He beat out Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who was arguably as deserving, as well as teammate Prince Fielder. While some argue that the voters got it wrong because Braun's season was outpaced by Kemp's, who lead the league in homers and RBIs, while swiping 40 bags to go along with a very impressive line of .324/.399/.586, others will argue that Braun's Brewers made it to the postseason, while Kemp's Dodgers were non-factors in the playoff race. Whatever the case may be, it's the same song and dance every year when the awards get announce, because someone made a mistake, and someone got robbed, and so on and so on. And while a bit of mild controversy is not surprising, what is surprising is how many Phillies players got attention in the eyes of the voters.
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