For the first time while the Milwaukee Brewers have played in the National League, one of its players has been named the National League Most Valuable Player.
On Tuesday, Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun received the honour. Rollie Fingers (1981) and Robin Yount (1982 and 1989) each received the honours while the Brewers were in the American League.
Braun led the National League with a .597 slugging percentage and .994 OPS (on base and slugging percentage). He hit 33 home runs, had 111 runs batted in, and batted .332.
Braun was one of only two players in the National League, joining Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers to hit thirty home runs ans steal 30 bases this season.
Kemp may have had better numbers (39 home runs, 126 runs batted in), but it was good to see the voters go with a player that was instrumental in guiding his team to a playoff spot. I think a playoff berth is a prerequisite in being named a Most Valuable Player. What do you think?