The 2015 National League MVP award went to Bryce Harper. After a phenomenal performance throughout the season, Nationals slugger Harper bagged the award on Thursday as announced by the league.
Harper became MVP without much contest. The first 30 votes went to his kitty, almost confirming Harpers’ MVP crown. The runner-up Paul Goldschmidt finished 200 points behind the Washington slugger. Joey Votto finished third in voting. All three finalists came from teams that didn’t make the playoffs. But Harper couldn’t be blamed for Nationals’ failure this season.
“Very excited, very humbled,” Harper said.
The 23-year-old notched up the highest 42 home runs in this edition of NL. He had a .460 on-base percentage, a .649 slugging percentage, and a score of 118 runs. So this overwhelming favorite candidature wasn’t surprising at all. In batting, he scored .330 but didn’t lead the NL rankings.
Harper also led the table of the League regarding getting choked by a teammate. This was his real breakout season, and he has been rewarded. He arrived in the majors at age 19. And fans expected such gigantic performance from the promising youngster, a performance he finally achieved this year. Harper was criticized by experts, perhaps the most received by any player in the circuit due to his early arrival.
Now in 2015, slugger Bryce Harper has established himself as the best player of the league. “The entire Lerner family extends congratulations to Bryce on his well-deserved Most Valuable Player award and his tremendous, record-setting season,” team owner Theodore N. Lerner said in a statement. “It’s such a pleasure to watch him play and we look forward to his future outstanding contributions to the team.”