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Braun is MLB’s Jewish MVP

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 23, 2009 | 8:27 pm

Just in time for Christmas, baseball card company Jewish Major Leaguers announced today its MOT MVPs for 2009. Any guesses?

No real surprise with the everyday player topping that list: the Hebrew Hammer, Ryan Braun:

the slugging left-fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun’s .319 Batting Average and 32 homers were tops among Jewish players, and his 203 hits led the National League in that category- a “first” in Jewish baseball history.

Braun’s father is an Israeli-born Jew.

JML’s choice as pitcher of the year is Texas Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman. In his fifth season, and second as a starter, Feldman went 17-8, with a 4.08 ERA. His 17 wins were the most for a Jewish starter since Steve Stone of Baltimore in 1980.

The JML awards tradition began last season, when the winners were Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis and Pirates reliever John Grabow.

Braun and Youkilis have both gotten some good play on The God Blog. However, the only Feldman I’m familiar with is Corey. For more on Jewish Major Leaguers, visit their site.

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