Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said before the season that he would prove wrong those who doubted he was telling the truth about his overturned positive PED test last offseason by showing them he could put together just as good of a year as he did in his 2011 NL MVP campaign.

And with the Brewers' season now in the books, Braun not only matched his numbers from last season but passed them on his way to another potential MVP year. Braun finished 2012 with a .319 average, 41 home runs and 112 RBI and led the league in runs, home runs, slugging percentage and OPS — a compelling case to be recognized again as the NL's best player.

But it wasn't always easy for Braun this season, as doubters populated nearly every major league baseball town on the Brewers' schedule, heckling him constantly and calling him a cheater. It was something Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he wouldn't have been able to put up with as a player.

"I think off the field, I knew he was always going to carry himself (well), but he got heckled a lot — every ballpark we were in," Roenicke said. "It used to just be the Cubs and St. Louis … but it turned into pretty much everywhere we went. And that's hard to deal with. You can take it a couple places, but when you have to deal with that in every park you go, for one, it takes a lot of fun out of the job.