Ryan Bruan is the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player.
The debate between his season and Matt Kemp’s season will rage in internet baseball communities, but then settle down. As I wrote this morning, it wouldn’t have made Braun’s season any less spectacular if Kemp had won the award, and the reverse shouldn’t apply now that Braun has won.
It is a fitting close to 2011 for Braun, who by a number of metrics posted the best offensive season in Brewers history. An MVP award is the perfect cherry on top.
Prince Fielder finished in third place behind Kemp. John Axford also received 17 votes in recognition of his excellent season out of the bullpen. Full balloting can be seen here.