Braun on NL MVP: 'A dream come true'
Ryan Braun | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - For the fourth time in franchise history, the Brewers have their league's most valuable player on their roster.
Left fielder Ryan Braun earned the award for the 2011 campaign as he helped power the Brewers to the National League Championship Series.
Braun told Newsradio 620 WTMJ, "It's truly a dream come, it's almost difficult to put into words. What this means, how special it is and how proud I am to have an opportunity to win this award and to represent the Milwaukee Brewers and the city of Milwaukee, it's pretty cool."
Braun went on to say he was nervous about the announcement, saying, "I was probably more anxious than nervous, whether I had won or lost wouldn't have necessarily validated the success we had as a team or the success I had individually this year."
He cited his teammates, ownership, coaches, management group for his success, but also his parents. Braun told Newsradio 620 WTMJ, "My parents always instilled in me the importance of working as hard as I could."
Braun earned 20 of 32 first place votes.
Braun earned the MVP on Tuesday, receiving 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Braun led the NL with a .597 slugging percentage and was second with a .332 batting average. He had 33 homers, 111 RBIs and stole 33 bases.
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