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SBN's NL MVP: Matt Kemp

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The 26-year-old Los Angeles centerfielder had a remarkable year and came close to winning the triple crown for the first time since 1967 (and the first National Leaguer since 1937). He led the league in runs (115), homers (39), RBI (126), OPS+ (171) and total bases (353), and lost the batting title by just .013 points to Jose Reyes. This was truly his "breakout year." He's gone from a very good 2009 (5.2 WAR) to a disappointing '10 (2.5 WAR) to an MVP-caliber campaign this season. Matt Kemp has always been super-talented, but he's finally putting it all together.

You have to wonder if LA will be able to keep him long-term though. He'll be a free agent after 2012, and with all the ownership/money problems the Dodgers are having, there's a good chance he'll be donning a different uniform in 2013. 

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun finished a close second, followed by Joey Votto, Justin Upton and Prince Fielder.

Totals:

Num Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Total
1 Matt Kemp 21 5 1 1 269
2 Ryan Braun 7 19 2 257
3 Joey Votto 8 7 6 3 4 176
4 Justin Upton 1 7 3 3 5 1 3 1 140
5 Prince Fielder 2 3 4 2 1 5 1 4 1 119
6 Troy Tulowitzki 3 1 3 5 7 3 2 91
7 Jose Reyes 1 2 5 7 3 1 3 86
8 Roy Halladay 1 5 3 1 1 1 1 85
9 Clayton Kershaw 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 56
10 Albert Pujols 1 3 2 2 1 1 3 51
11 Lance Berkman 1 2 2 3 2 2 44
12 Shane Victorino 1 1 1 3 1 3 2 41
13 Cliff Lee 3 1 1 3 33
14 Andrew McCutcheon 1 1 3 2 3 26
15 Pablo Sandoval 2 1 1 19
16 Brandon Phillips 2 1 1 2 17
17 Matt Holliday 2 1 12
18 Mike Morse 1 2 5
19 Carlos Beltran 1 4
20 Mike Stanton 1 2 4
21 Ryan Roberts 2 2
22 Ian Kennedy 1 1
23 Hunter Pence 1 1
24 Raul Ibanez 1 1