Braun edged Colorado's rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the award, receiving 17 of 32 first place votes and finishing with 128 points. Tulowitzki got 15 first place votes and 126 points.
Braun was called up from Triple-A in late May and hit .324 with 34 home runs and 97 rbi's. His .634 slugging percentage led NL players and was the highest by a rookie in major league history.
Braun's offensive numbers were enough to overcome 26 errors defensively. He vowed to be a much better defensive player in the future and said he won't be a late inning defensive replacement anymore.