When Ryan Braun was named as the National League's 2011 MVP, it was kind of stunning.
Most, like myself, assumed that Justin Verlander would be named NL MVP, even though he pitches in the American League.
After all, The Verlander has won just about every other major award, save for this year's Pulitzer.
Seriously, though, it looked as if Matt Kemp was a lock to win it this year. It just goes to show that no matter how much the BBWAA likes to talk about how the MVP Award is for the best player, regardless of whether said player's team makes the playoffs, it's still all about if their team makes the playoffs.
Clearly, though, Ryan Braun had an outstanding year.
He not only did it on a team where he is "second fiddle" to Prince Fielder and his gaudy numbers, but he did it with a body more befitting of a cross country runner than a power hitting left fielder.
That being said, here's a list celebrating some of the best "skinny sluggers" off all time.