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Ryan Braun named the Budweiser presents the National League Player of the month for September09/29/2011 4:07 PM ET
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for September. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor for 24 of 30 MLB Clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Month Awards.
In 25 contests during September, Braun tied for second in the National League with eight home runs and 22 RBI while hitting .330 (33-for-100). The Mission Hills, California native ranked seventh among National Leaguers in slugging percentage (.620) and runs scored (17) while his 33 hits tied for ninth during September. Braun's clutch hitting during the month was a key factor in the Brew Crew's N.L. Central Division-winning run. On September 13th, Braun clubbed a walkoff, 11th-inning homer against the Colorado Rockies to give the Brewers a 2-1 victory at Miller Park. On September 23rd, the 27-year-old swatted a three-run, go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Brewers to a 4-1, division-clinching victory over the visiting Florida Marlins. Braun, who became the second player in Brewers' franchise history to produce a 30-homer, 30-steal season (Tommy Harper, 31 home runs / 38 stolen bases in 1970), finished the season with a league-leading .597 slugging percentage while ranking second in hitting (.332) and runs scored (109), and fourth in RBI (111). This is his fourth career monthly award and second this season, having won previously for July of 2007 and 2008, and April of this year.
Other players receiving votes were Braun's Milwaukee teammate Prince Fielder (.329, 9 HR, 18 RBI, 14 R, .706 SLG, .457 OBP); Matt Kemp (.347, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 27 R, .653 SLG, .420 OBP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval (.384, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 28 H, .795 SLG) and Carlos Beltran (.386, 6 HR, 14 RBI, .716 SLG, .443 OBP); and Albert Pujols (.363, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 37 H, 17 R, .402 OBP) and Lance Berkman (.379, 33 H, 15 R, .465 OBP) of the N.L. Wild Card-winning St. Louis Cardinals.
The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Ryan Braun, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.
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