Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers is furious at Ryan Braun and believes he should be stripped of his MV Award.
As YouWager bettors might recall, Kemp finished runner-up to Braun in voting for the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award.
Braun has been recently suspended due to a recent positive drug test. The 29 year-old Milwaukee Brewers player finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes, to 332 and 10 for Kemp. The league tried to suspend Braun following a positive test that October for elevated testosterone, but the penalty was overturned by an arbitrator who ruled that the left-fielder’s urine sample was not handled properly.
Earlier this week Braun agreed to a 65-game suspension for unspecified violations of baseball’s drug rules and labor contract.
Kemp believes that Braun should lose the award and when asked about it he said: “I mean, yeah, I do,” pausing and adding, “I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”
The 28 year-old center fielder also added he wasn’t as comfortable as teammate Skip Schumaker in being openly critical. Schumaker stated that Braun should receive a lifetime ban, adding that he planned to take down an autographed Braun jersey hanging in his house.
Kemp did not play last nightfor the second straight game due to a sore left ankle. The Oklahoma native returned from the disabled list Sunday after an 11-game absence caused by a sore left shoulder.