Should playing time, more than $3 million US and a reputation be all that Ryan Braun loses for being the latest big-name major leaguer to admit making "some mistakes" when it comes to performance-enhancing drug allegations?
Dodgers' Kemp says Braun should lose MVP award
Asked Tuesday whether the 2011 NL MVP award should be taken away from Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, who finished second in voting, responded: "I mean, yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that's not for me to decide, you know?"
— The Associated Press
The outfielder, suspended without pay for the remainder of the season on Monday after he admitted to violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, can no longer help a Milwaukee Brewers team that is far from playoff contention in the National League Central Division.
Braun will sit 15 games more than he was facing a year ago when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.
"I am not perfect," he said in a statement on Monday.
Neither was Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Olympic pentathlon and decathlon champion Jim Thorpe, American cyclist Lance Armstrong, boxer Muhammad Ali and former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose.
Each of them was stripped of a title, belt or medal for their wrongdoing. In the case of Rose, he was barred from Major League Baseball and ruled ineligible for the Hall of Fame because he allegedly bet on games.
Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker told reporters Monday that teammate Matt Kemp should be awarded the 2011 NL MVP award in the wake of Braun's suspension.
Braun was a surprise winner that season, receiving 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points after posting a .332 batting average, 33 home runs, 111 runs batted in, 33 stolen bases and a .397 on-base percentage.
Kemp captured 10 first-place votes and 332 points after hitting .324 with 39 homers, 126 RBIs, 40 stolen bases and a .399 OBP.
The 29-year-old Braun has been slowed for much of the 2013 campaign by a sore thumb but managed to hit .298 with nine homers, 38 RBIs and four steals in 61 games.
"I have an autographed Braun jersey I’m going to take down," Schumaker said. "I don’t want my son associating that with what I’ve worked so hard to get to [the majors] and have him compare Braun to me.
"He [Braun] should hand his MVP to Matt Kemp."
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