Milwaukee Brewers' left fielder Ryan Braun has been named National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Braun, who turned 28 last week, led the league in slugging (.597), on-base plus slugging (.994) and extra-base hits (77). He ranked second in batting average (.332) and runs (109), fourth in RBI (111), tied for sixth in home runs (33) and seventh in stolen bases (33). He hit .351 in 148 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
This is the fourth time that a Brewer has won MVP. Rollie Fingers received the award in 1981 and Robin Yount won it in 1982 and 1989. This is, however, the first time a Brewer won since the team joined the National League in 1998.
Braun won the National League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 2007 and became the 13th former winner to be elected MVP.