Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp thinks suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun should be stripped of his 2011 National League MVP Award, and bettors who backed Kemp in the MVP props market that season probably feel the same.
Kemp was priced at +150 to win the NL’s top individual honor in 2011, behind Braun’s teammate at the time Prince Fielder, who was a +125 favorite for the award in June 2011. Braun, who was suspended for 65 games this week after unspecified violations of baseball's drug rules, was among four players priced at +800 to win the 2011 NL MVP.
"I mean, yeah, I do," Kemp told reporters when asked if Braun should be stripped of the NL MVP Award, "I feel like it should be, but that's not for me to decide, you know?"
Kemp finished second to Braun in the 2011 MVP voting, receiving 332 points and 10 first-place votes compared to Braun’s 388 points and 20 first-place nods. Braun avoided a suspension for elevated testosterone in October of that season and was under suspicion until being named in an investigation of the Biogenesis clinic that allegedly provided PEDs to MLB stars.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America, which heads the award voting, said it will not be overturning the vote and that Braun’s honor is final. You can be sure sportsbooks aren’t digging through old wagers as well, and that the nice payout Braun backers received is not up for discussion.