Brewers’ Ryan Braun named National League Most Valuable Player

MILWAUKEE — And now, a dose of tradition to follow a day of debate. Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun — a prolific hitter from a contending team — is the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

Braun beat the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp to become the first Brewers player to win a league MVP Award since Hall of Famer Robin Yount won for the second time in 1989, when Milwaukee was still an American League franchise.

The win came 24 hours after Detroit’s Justin Verlander won the AL MVP Award, the first starting pitcher so honored in a quarter-century. In the NL, the debate was not about pitchers vs. position players, but whether an MVP should come from a winning team. Statistically, Braun and Kemp were nearly dead even, with a slight nod to Kemp. But the Brewers won the NL Central, and the Dodgers finished 11 1/2 games out in the NL West.

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