November 22, 2011
Major League Baseball announced the winner of the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun won the award winning over the Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp who finished a distant second. Braun’s teammate Prince Fielder was third in the voting and the Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton was fourth.
There has been a lot of debate surrounding what makes a Most Valuable Player. Should the award go to the player with the best overall statistics for the season or does the success of the team factor into the equation and more votes are given to those whose teams had success or made it to the playoffs.