Bryce Harper, Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year, was named Most Valuable Player in the National League by a unanimous vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Harper, just 23, is the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history.
“I am very exited, very happy,” he said on MLB Network. “I’m happy to bring the MVP back to D.C. That was my goal from Day One. Win a World Series, and No. 2, help my team win every day.”
Harper hit 42 home runs this season, with a .330 batting average and .460 on-base percentage. In the entire history of baseball, just eight others have ever done that: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Todd Helton, Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds.
Tremendous patience allowed him to perform to his full ability. He drew a Nationals club record 124 walks, posting a .460 OBP that was baseball's best since Chipper Jones (.470) and Albert Pujols (.462) in 2008.
Just 38.5 percent of all pitches thrown to Harper this season were in the strike zone, according to Baseball Info Solutions, lowest in the majors.
|Bryce Harper, Nationals||30||420|
|Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks||18||3||1||3||3||2||234|
|Joey Votto, Reds||1||6||6||9||4||2||175|
|Anthony Rizzo, Cubs||3||4||7||4||2||2||3||1||1||162|
|Andrew McCutchen, Pirates||1||4||3||4||5||3||3||3||1||139|
|Jake Arrieta, Cubs||5||3||2||2||4||7||2||134|
|Zack Greinke, Dodgers||2||5||4||1||5||4||3||130|
|Nolan Arenado, Rockies||4||4||2||4||1||1||4||102|
|Buster Posey, Giants||1||3||6||5||4||6||84|
|Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers||2||2||1||1||3||2||1||49|
|Kris Bryant, Cubs||1||1||3||2||1||34|
|Matt Carpenter, Cardinals||2||8||2||26|
|Yoenis Cespedes, Mets||2||3||2||24|
|A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks||2||1||1||8||21|
|Jason Heyward, Cardinals||1||1||1||2||15|
|Dee Gordon, Marlins||3||6|
|Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals||1||5|
|Curtis Granderson, Mets||1||4|
|Gerrit Cole, Pirates||1||3|
|Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers||1||1||3|