2011 NL MVP belongs to Ryan Braun

Put an asterisk on the award if you wish, but don't attempt to rewrite history

Originally Published: July 24, 2013
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Matt Kemp has every right to feel slighted. With 39 home runs, 115 runs scored, 353 total bases, 40 steals, a Gold Glove and 8.1 wins above replacement, he assembled an exceedingly strong case for the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award. You can make the argument that Kemp was the best and most valuable player in the league even if Ryan Braun's biggest sin consisted of loading up on ginseng, wheat grass and heaping bowls of kale.

But this notion that Major League Baseball should ...

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