Less than three weeks after Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished runner-up in the National League MVP race, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The Los Angeles Times polled 20 writers that selected Braun as MVP and Kemp would easily win if there was a revote:
Several writers who voted for Braun said they would cast their ballots for Kemp in a revote, but a majority of reporters contacted by The Times —15 of the 20 — were against voting again, and two were unsure.
The Times has a policy forbidding its writers from voting for awards, in part to avoid situations such as these in which reporters become key elements of a story. Bill Shaikin, The Times’ national baseball writer, is the BBWAA’s national president.
There’s no shot of a revote actually happening, so Kemp will have to settle for the title of hypothetical 2011 NL MVP.