Ryan Braun PED Positive Test Shouldn't Affect MVP Award

As you know by now, Brewers superstar Ryan Braun has tested positive for synthetic testosterone, and as you've known for a while, Brewers superstar Ryan Braun won the 2011 NL MVP award over Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp just last month. Braun's positive test has led some to wonder, will his MVP be taken away?

I wouldn't count on that happening. For one thing, it's important to note that the MVP is given not by Major League Baseball, but by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. And for another thing, it's important to note that the BBWAA has established zero precedent for stripping awards from tainted players. And there have been a number of tainted players who have won awards.

So Ryan Braun is the 2011 NL MVP, and Ryan Braun will probably forever be the 2011 NL MVP. But his win over Kemp was already controversial before this news broke, so there's that. I'm sure a large segment of the public will give its collective imaginary MVP to Kemp.

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