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Ryan Braun's reputation took a huge hit as a result of his suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. One piece of the fallout concerns his ownership of the 2011 National League MVP award, which runner-up Matt Kemp thinks should no longer be Braun's. In addition to Braun, can you name the past 10 players to win the NL MVP award? Take our quiz now!
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You could forgive Matt Kemp for being a little bitter over Ryan Braun -- the man did beat out Kemp for the 2011 NL MVP award while allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs -- but stripping Braun's MVP award? That's what Kemp thinks should happen to the recently suspended Braun when asked about it on Tuesday. Braun topped Kemp with 388 points and 20 first-place votes to Kemp's 332 and 10, a relatively narrow margin that could have easily gone the other way if Braun hadn't allegedly been using performance-enhancing drugs.
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No one ever gets hurt in baseball fights, right? There's an initial charge (usually blunted at the very last second), a bit of pushing, lots of posturing, maybe an ejection or two, but in the end, all the players return to their dugouts having received only emotional wounds. That wasn't the case in Thursday night's Dodgers-Padres brawl, which resulted in Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke breaking his left collarbone after a tussle with Carlos Quentin. The Dodgers as a whole are furious, with Matt Kemp confronting Quentin after the game and Don Mattingly suggesting that Quentin be suspended for as long as Greinke is out. Considering the collarbone is kind of important, that might be a while.
Carlos Quentin has been hit more times than any other major leaguer since 2008. Greinke has hit him three times, the most recent incident coming during the 2009 season.
Punishment for Quentin?
Don Mattingly wants Quentin suspended for as long as Greinke is out, which would be unlikely to occur but would be pretty harsh if it did.
Normally teams have a period to cool off before facing each other again, but the Dodgers and Padres will have only this weekend -- they play their next series starting on Monday.
The Dodgers have gotten off to a 6-3 start, but losing a pitcher like Greinke could derail even the best teams.
Prince Fielder won his second Home Run Derby on Monday, but honestly, unless you hit several thousand home runs like Josh Hamilton, the winner of the Home Run Derby is rarely the biggest story at the Home Run Derby. In this case, Royals fans enjoyed a little bit of schadenfreude at the expense of Robinson Cano, who (A) didn't select hometown hero Billy Butler for his American League team and (B) hit exactly zero home runs to massive boos and Bronx cheers from the Kansas City faithful.
Failing to put one out in the Derby is pretty galling, but is it worse than repeatedly screwing up a dunk in the NBA Dunk Contest?
OK with booing?
It's not the first time that a player has been blanked at the Derby, but it's the first time we can remember that the crowd was so happy about it.
There were some good sluggers in this year's Derby, but we can't help but think that the event could benefit from guys like Adam Dunn. We're still weirded out that Wily Mo Pena never got an invite.