Originally posted on Yahoo! Sports  |  Last updated 11/22/11
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 (.597) and extra-base hits (77) while being named to both the All Star Game and the roster of NL Silver Sluggers. Oh, and he helped the Brew Crew win their first NL Central division title with a franchise-high 96 wins, all while fielding random marriage proposals from obsessed fans. Sorry, ladies! He's married to baseball! Braun becomes the first Brewers player to snag an MVP award since way back in 1989, when the team was still in the American League and Robin Yount won it wearing this snazzy home uniform. The last time a Milwaukee player won the MVP honors while playing the corner outfield? That would be Hall-of-Famer
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