Congratulations Ryan Braun and Justin Verlander

Ryan Braun's big swing won him Most Valuable Player honors

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers won the MVP in their respective leagues. Braun beat out Matt Kemp (not to be confused with Shakespearean jig-dancer Will Kempe, who once Boogalooed all the way from London to Norwich, or perhaps the other way; I [Evander] cannot remember) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. There is often much controversy swirling around the Award. Most Valuable to his team? To himself: that is, strictly statistically? Why ever elect a pitcher since the Cy Young Award specifically for pitchers was established in 1956? Two years later, Yankees “Bullet” Bob Turley (whom I had the pleasure to meet a few months ago) won the first Cy Young by an American League hurler. I have no problem with either 2011 MVP, though I had expected Kemp in the National League. This blog already has sung the praises of Justin Verlander of the Tigers, at various junctures.

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