Michael Morse finishes 19th in NL MVP race

Nationals outfielder Michael Morse, who hit .303 and slugged 31 homers during a breakout season, received two votes to finish 19th in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting. The results were announced today by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Morse received a seventh-place vote on one ballot and a 10th-place vote on another, finishing just ahead of Mets/Giants outfielder Carlos Beltran.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun collected 20 of 32 first-place votes to win his first MVP award, with teammate Prince Fielder finishing third. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was second.