Braun captures NL MVP Award

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been named the National League's Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Braun placed first on 20 of the 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city and garnered 388 points to outdistance Los Angeles' Matt Kemp by 56 points. Braun also received 12 second-place votes, as he became the third Brewer to win the award, but the first since Robin Yount took home the second of his two AL awards in 1989. Reliever Rollie Fingers was also honored in 1981.

Braun led the league with a .994 OPS and .597 slugging percentage, and finished second with a .332 batting average, 336 total bases and 109 runs scored. He finished fourth with 111 RBI and tied for sixth with 33 home runs.

He was also the NL Player of the Month in September, a time when most voters were deciding on their MVP choices.

More to follow.