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Ryan Braun is your 2011 NL MVP

Nov 22, 2011, 2:13 PM EST

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Congratulations to Ryan Braun for beating out Matt Kemp for the 2011 NL MVP.  A big assist to the other Milwaukee Brewers for being better than the Los Angeles Dodgers, thereby making Braun more valuable.  At least I guess that’s how that worked.

Braun received 20 of the 32 first place votes, Kemp got 10 and Prince Fielder and Justin Upton each got a single first place vote.  Overall, Kemp was second, followed by Fielder, Upton, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and Lance Berkman.  It’s interesting that Clayton Kershaw was 11th after having a pretty dominant kind of year.  Was the difference between his season and Justin Verlander‘s really 10 slots on the ballot?  An interesting philosophical question.  Also: Michael Young got boned. He was such a great leader that he should have gotten some NL votes too.

Anyway, as said before, Braun had an outstanding season.  I think Kemp’s was better once you factor in defense and the quality of pitching he had to face over the course of the year, but you really do need to be a special kind of person to get truly outraged here.  I would have voted differently, but this is way closer to tomato/tomahto territory than it is to travestyland.

Congratulations Ryan Braun.

118 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. foreverchipper10 - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Yeah Kimbrel! Represent!

  2. bfi69 - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    I’m sure Big Al would rather have the RING! And now with Fielder leaving….looks like that MVP Trophy is all Braun will have for his mantle! LOL!

  3. brea bill - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    if I’m an owner or a GM and you set both Kemp and Braun in front of me and say “choose” it would be a no brainer. Good team, bad team, middle of the pack, has nothing to do with it imo. One of them bats for power, bats for average, has golden glove fielding skills, and 40-stolen-bases speed on the basepaths. And does anyone think the brewers wouldn’t trade in a heartbeat if the dodgers offered a straight up swap? One of these is a more valuable player in the NL than the other…and it shouldn’t have been that close.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      As a Kemp for MVP supporter…I’d choose Braun. Kemp was better in 2011…but Braun was also great and was better than Kemp in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

      • marko61 - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        I would agree with falcon. Braun has had very good/great years every year he has been in the league while Kemp has had probably two such years. Still, Kemp may have a higher ceiling based on this year’s accomplishment. We shall see. Both are great players/persons and are actually good friends as well.

  4. cowhawkfan - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Craig,

    Why the shot at Michael Young in a NL MVP article? What’s the point? You’ve made it obvously, you don’t like Young, but the extra shot in this article is juvenile to say the least. As a Texas fan, I love Michael Young. I believe he was every bit as much of an MVP for Texas as Verlander was for Detroit. How much of an MVP could Verlander have been if his teammate, Cabrera, was also as close as he was to being the MVP. Texas had no one else even close. With Kinsler, Beltre, Hamilton, and Cruz on the DL so much this season, I don’t believe Texas even makes the play-offs without Michael Young’s bat and leadership. Yes, I realize you question his leadership and his glove has been suspect, but Young should have been at least Top 5 after a great year at the plate and keeping his team alive while his teammates were on the DL.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Why the shot at Michael Young in a NL MVP article? What’s the point?

      It’s called a joke, and one he stole from either The Common Man or Bill @ The Platoon Advantage who mentioned it on twitter earlier.

      or in other words, lighten up francis…

      • thekcubrats - Nov 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        not just that, or even that, it’s a shot at the guy who voted for Michael Young for AL MVP, bullseye; I’m also curious how preseason tantrums count as “leadership” but not so much that I want the likes of him to try to edify me… the specific density around here, particularly around this topic, is a thing of wonder

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    enjoyed Craig’s low key approach – have to agree with him.

  6. adirtyplayernamedsue - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Congratulations Ryan Braun. You truly deserve this. Nice to see a player who is about more than “getting paid”. Braun took less money to play the game he loves, and give his team the opportunity to sign other quality players. Hats off to a great baseball player, and person.

  7. jason9696 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    I thought the MVP was supposed to be for the BEST player in the league not the best player on a good team? They royally fvcked up both MVP’s this year.

  8. jason9696 - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    We’ll see how well Jerry Seinfeld does for the Brewers next year when Prince Fielder isn’t around.

  9. hushbrother - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:42 AM

    It was 1949 when the Boston writer left Teddy off his ballot, not 1941. This did allow DiMaggio to win the MVP, but on the other hand, three writers actually left DiMaggio off of their ballots. Ted wasn’t left off any ballots after hitting .406; any writer who did that would have been tarred and feathered.

    1942 was when Ted really got screwed. He won the Triple Crown but lost the MVP to Joe Gordon. Difference in WAR: Ted 11.0, Gordon 8.4. Now THERE was a case of voters giving it to the guy with better teammates.

  10. chevybob - Nov 23, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    I see people say Braun missed a bunch of games. What was the Brewers record in the games he missed? That should tell you how valuable Braun was to the Brewers. I’m not much with computers or research so I’ll leave it to the baseball geeks.

  11. hushbrother - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Correction, it was ’47 when the writer left Williams off the ballot, not ’49. Teddy did win the MVP in ’49.

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