Ryan Braun wins NL MVP award; Matt Kemp second
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was named National League Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, edging Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.
Braun received 20 first-place votes to Kemp's 10, and outpointed Kemp, 388 to 332.
Braun hit .332 with 33 home runs and 111 RBIs while leading the Brewers to the NL Central Division title, a fact that probably gave him the edge on Kemp, who hit .324 with a league-leading 39 homers and 126 RBIs for the Dodgers, who finished third in the NL West.
Prince Fielder of Milwaukee finished third, Justin Upton of Arizona was fourth and Albert Pujols of St. Louis fifth.
Braun, who played at Granada Hills High, led the National League in slugging percentage (.597), OPS (.994), and extra-base hits (77). He was second in batting average (.332), runs (109), and total bases (336), fourth in RBIs (111) and doubles (38, tied), fifth in on-base percentage (.397) and hits (187), sixth in home runs (33), and seventh in stolen bases (33). He also led all major league left fielders in fielding percentage, at .996.
Braun was the seventh player to have at least four 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in his first five years, joining Chuck Klein, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ralph Kiner, Mark Teixeira and Pujols. He also became the 11th major-leaguer to hit at least 30 home runs in four of his first five seasons. He joined Klein, DiMaggio, Williams, Kiner, Eddie Mathews, Frank Robinson, Mark McGwire, Teixeira, Pujols, and Dan Uggla in that distinction.
Photo: Ryan Braun. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press