More views on the Ryan Braun MVP debate
For a story that ran in The Times’ Tuesday morning editions, I asked NL MVP voters what they thought of a potential revote if Ryan Braun fails to overturn his positive drug test.
I surveyed the 20 writers who listed Braun at the top of their ballots. A majority them were against a potential revote, most of them citing concerns with the precedent it would set.
Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) of CSNPhilly.com was among the 15 writers opposed to voting again, but not of stripping Braun of the award if he is suspended.
“We already voted,” Salisbury said. “Why should we vote again?”
Salisbury’s solution: name the runner-up, Matt Kemp, the MVP.
Salisbury said he didn’t think doing so would set any precedent, noting the unique circumstances of Braun’s case.
“This award was just given,” Salisbury said. “This isn’t Ken Caminiti making an admission years later. He hasn’t even picked up his award yet. It hasn’t been presented yet.”’
Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) of the Chicago Tribune said he is in favor of a revote if Braun’s positive test is upheld.
Sullivan pointed out that there was a revote under similar circumstances in another sport. The 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award was subjected to a revote when the winner, Brian Cushing, was revealed to have failed a drug test. Cushing also won the revote.
Sullivan said if Braun is suspended and there is a revote, he would cast his new ballot for Kemp. He wasn’t alone. Regardless of how they felt about a revote, seven others said they would also vote for Kemp if Braun were suspended and ballots were reissued.
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Ryan Braun. Credit: Jeffrey Phelps / Associated Press