Bryce Harper was named the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history. Harper, 23, got all 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The Nationals’ three-time All Star led the majors in slugging percentage (.649), OBP (.460), OPS (1.109) and fWAR (9.9) while batting .330 with 42 home runs, 118 runs scored, and 99 RBI.
He was the first player from a Washington franchise to win an MVP — no one on the original or expansion Senators or Nats had ever won it.
Harper had some nice things to say about the Mets after accepting his award.
“I think a lot of people saw what the National League East was about. How much pitching we had, how much competition we had in that aspect with Harvey and deGrom and Syndergaard. Those three guys were unbelievable this year, so I tip my cap to them and the Mets organization.” (Washington Post)
Last month, Harper also complimented the Mets after winning the NL East saying:
“The Mets had everything going for them. They did a lot of things. That deadline came around and they got Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard and they built their team. They did a great job this year and they’re doing it. Coming from the East, I hope they win it all ”
Maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all… Nah… Who am I kidding. 🙂