Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper wins second career MVP

Bryce Harper received his second Most Valuable Player award on Thursday, beyond Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and several others in what appeared to be an open race in the National League.

Harper won 17 out of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Soto (six votes in first place) and Tatis (two) finished second and third respectively in the count, which also adds points for second and third place. San Francisco Giants leapfrog Brandon Crawford received four votes in first place and Los Angeles Dodgers second warrior Trea Turner have a.

A month after his 29th birthday, Harper became the fourth player since 2000 to win multiple MVPs before turning 30, joining Mike Trout (3), Albert Pujols (3) and Alex Rodriguez (2).

Harper, a unanimous MVP when playing for Citizens of Washington in 2015, keep a mistake Philadelphia Phillies team in the hunt for the postseason until the end of 2021. He ultimately leads NL in percentage miss (0.615) and adjusted OPS pass (179) while amassing 6.6 FanGraphs to win on substitutions , tied with Soto in second place in the NL behind Turner.

Harper won the award with a monstrous second half in which he beat .338 / .476 / .713. Soto was right there with him, hitting .348 / .525/.639, but appeared to have been hurt playing against a National team that had spent most of its time in contention.

Meanwhile, Tatis leads the NL with 42 home runs and an additional 25 stolen bases, all while playing in the more demanding short-distance position. But his San Diego Padres faded considerably this time around, and Tatis’ numbers dropped to just enough to deny him an MVP he’d likely run away from before the All-Star break.

Harper led the pros in ESPN’s added winning probability edition (4.69) and finished with a .309 / .429 / .615, 35 home runs, 84 RBI, 13 stolen base and 42 doubles lead the league. He became the fourth quarterback in major league history to combine at least 100 runs, 100 walks, 400 doubles and 35 own goals in the same season, joining Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Barry Bonds.

Harper doesn’t turn 29 until October 16, which means he’s technically compiled two seasons of MVP before his 29th birthday. Others do, according to research from the Elias Sports Bureau: Trout, Pujols, Bonds, Musial, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Juan Gonzalez, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Dale Murphy, Hal Newhouser and Frank Thomas.

“To be able to win this award again means so much to me personally,” Harper, the sixth Phillies player to win MVP, wrote in a statement. “I’m proud to give my all every time I’m on the field and play the game the right way. I have great teammates and an incredible fan base who have motivated me all season. and help bring this award home to the great city of Philadelphia.” Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper wins second career MVP

Jake Nichol

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