Bryce Harper wins 2021 National League Most Valuable Player Award
Bryce Harper is the 2021 National League MVP. After one of the most historic seasons from a Philadelphia Phillie in my lifetime, it’s official. Harper has beat out Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr to take home his second career MVP award, the first Phillies player to win the award since Jimmy Rollins in 2007.
Bryce Harper collected 17 first-place votes, 9 second-place votes, and 2 third-place votes. Check out the whole voting breakdown here:
Bryce Harper slashed .309/.429/.615 in 488 at-bats throughout the 2021 season, with 35 HRs, 84 RBIs, 151 hits, 13 stolen bases, all good for an OPS of 1.044, which led the National League. He led the NL in slugging percentage, finished 2nd in WAR (6.45), and 3rd in average. Harper is now the 32nd player in MLB history to win multiple MVP awards. 24 are already in the Hall of Fame and 3 others are locks (Cabrera, Pujols, Trout).
What really won Bryce this award was his second half. After the all-star break, Harper hit 20 HRs, 54 runs, 49 extra-base hits, and 65 walks. Good for a .476 OBP, a slugging percentage of .713, and a second-half OPS of 1.188. He carried the team on his back with basically no help throughout the second half and did everything physically possible to get this team as close to the playoffs as he could.
Bryce has already taken home the Hank Aaron Award, Silver Slugger Award, 2021 NL Outstanding Player Award (Players Choice Awards), and is a finalist for the All-MLB team. He’s officially won his second MVP of his career, in one of the best MVP races I have ever seen, based on stats. Soto was incredible this season, but when it comes down to it, Bryce was just “more valuable” to his team.
Zack Wheeler lost the Cy Young award last night, in a tight battle with Corbin Burnes. *Somebody* gave Zack Wheeler a fifth-place vote, which is beyond me. But just 24 hours after we heard those results, we got to watch Bryce Harper win his second career MVP live on MLB Network. The franchise player and the leader of this baseball team has finally been granted what we’ve been campaigning for so long. Bryce Harper is your 2021 National League Most Valuable Player.
Ring the damn bell. 11 more years of Bryce Harper. Go Phils. MV3.
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