NL MVP: Why Matt Kemp Was Snubbed

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NL MVP: Why Matt Kemp Was Snubbed
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Congratulations to Milwaukee Brewers' stud left fielder Ryan Braun for winning the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Award.

Now that I got that out to the way, I'll spend the rest of this article explaining exactly why he was not the most valuable player in the league. Sorry, Ryan. At least I was nice for a minute.

The MVP award has traditionally been handed out to not only a player who had a great season, but one who suited up for a playoff contender. There have been exceptions, of course. Alex Rodriguez won it for a last-place Texas Rangers team in 2003, for example.

The thinking that the most valuable player in the league has to be on a contending team is both inaccurate and outdated. The real winner should have been Matt Kemp, the Los Angeles Dodgers' center fielder. And it really shouldn't have been close.

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