UNDATED (WHBL) - Milwaukee Brewers’ left-fielder Ryan Braun will get a chance to win back-to-back MVP awards in the National League. Braun was named Wednesday night as one of five finalists for the award. The Baseball Writers Association also named San Francisco catcher Buster Posey as a finalist, along with Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutcheon, Saint Louis catcher Yadier Molina, and San Diego third baseman Chase Headley. The finalists were announced on the M-L-B Network, where analyst Harold Reynolds stated firmly that Braun won’t win. He agreed that Braun had better numbers than a year ago – but he won’t win because of what happened last winter. Braun tested positive last October for elevated synthetic testosterone, and was suspended for 50 games. But he overturned the suspension by calling the testing procedure into question. It resulted in Major League Baseball firing arbitrator Shyam Das, and addressing the problems with the testing system that Braun pointed out. He was tops in the National League in several offensive categories this year, including homers with 41, runs-scored with 108, and on-base-plus slugging percentage at .987. Reynolds, a former big league infielder, predicted that Posey would win the M-V-P honors in a landslide.
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