Matt Kemp says Ryan Braun should be stripped of MVP award


Matt Kemp, nursing an injured ankle, has plenty of time to think about Ryan Braun. (Jon Blacker / AP)

It isn’t going to happen, but Matt Kemp thinks the 2011 National League MVP award that was given Ryan Braun should be taken away.

“Do I feel like it should be stripped?” Kemp, the runner-up, said. “I mean, yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”

Kemp wasn’t ready to say it should be given to him, though.
“I was in a race to win the MVP, I got second,” Kemp said (via the Los Angeles Times). “The voters had an opinion about who they wanted to pick as the MVP. That’s who they picked, that’s who they felt was the MVP. You have to respect them for that. The other stuff, it is what it is, man. For me, all I’m worried about is getting healthy and getting back on the field and helping my team win.”

Braun, suspended for 65 games by Major League Baseball in connection with the Biogenesis investigation, was originally suspended by MLB in December 2011 for failing a drug test but the suspension was overturned on a legal technicality.

“I’m disappointed,” Kemp said. “I talked to Braun before any of this happened. We had conversations and I considered him a friend. I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to, and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed. That’s not just me, that’s the whole Brewers organization [for which Braun played], a lot of his teammates. I think a lot of people feel that way.”

Kemp needn’t make any space for the award, which is determined by a vote of membes of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He’s not getting it.

“The decision was already made,” Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer, told the Associated Press. “[Braun] won it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · July 24, 2013