Ryan Braun Named National League Most Valuable Player
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been named the the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, as voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The four-time Silver Slugger led the league in slugging percentage (.597), OPS (.994) and was second in batting average (.332). Braun was became the second Brewer to join the 30-30 club with 33 home runs and 33 stolen bases.
The 28-year-old won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2007, and has finished in the top 15 in MVP voting each of the past four seasons. Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp finished second in the MVP vote, just 56 votes short of Braun. Braun’s teammate first baseman Prince Fielder finished third, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton finished fourth and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols finished fifth.