Bryce Harper receives a horrendous 5th Place vote in final NL MVP voting
Bryce Harper took home his second NL MVP of his career last night, becoming the last Phillie to win the award since Jimmy Rollins in 2007. It was an emotional night for Bryce Harper and his family, as it should be, winning the highest award possible in Major League Baseball. The love for the MV3 is flying around the city from former Phillies players, Philly legends, current players, and more.
But one of my favorite parts of the MLB awards is looking at the voting breakdowns, and seeing the knowledge of the people that are *somehow* given the opportunity to make these decisions. I was taking a glance at the full vote breakdown last night and came across an abomination to the game of baseball. Bryce Harper received a 5th place vote for MVP.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. This San Fran writer submitted her ballot, and I don’t know how she didn’t think “this ballot stinks” while sending it in. She had Brandon Crawford in first place on her ballot, and with her being a San Francisco Giants writer, I guess we’re not surprised by that. But the next two votes are really what blows my mind. She had Trae Turner 2nd, and TYLER O’NEILL in third place? Susan, cmon. That’s just terrible. She then had Fernando Tatis Jr ahead of Bryce Harper, followed by Harper at 5, and Soto at 6.
Is this the worst ballot in the history of MVP voting? It’s damn sure close.
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Bryce Harper got two third-place votes, by J.P Hoornstra and Juan Toribio. I don’t respect this decision, but I guess they’re smart enough to at least have Harper in their top 3? Weird. Anyways, Paul Newberry of The Associated Press, writing for the Atlanta Braves, had Bryce Harper in 4th place, and Trae Turner as his winner.
Also shout out Jim Salisbury for BURYING Tatis Jr. and Soto in his voting. Philly looks out for their own of course, but if we’re going to rip poor Susan then it should probably be said that anyone who is just burying players based on the city that they work in probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote either. Sorry Jim. We have to uphold the integrity of MVP voting. Fair is fair.
Listen. If you’re going to at least have an awful ballot, maybe put your guys (Riley and Freeman) at 1 and 2? These guys are doing some weird stuff. But honestly, who really cares? Bryce Harper won the award, and it honestly wasn’t even close. He beat out Soto (the second-place finisher) by 74 points, cruising his way to the trophy. Check out the final point results 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.
I really don’t care about the breakdown, because he won in the end, so who cares. But these people need to be put on blast for their horrendous, terrible, awful ballot. Bryce Harper is a 2x MVP, and it feels amazing. Check out the giveaway on our TLL Twitter account to enter our Bryce Harper jersey and DSGNTree merch giveaway. Cheers.
Ring it. MV3.
Mandatory Credit: The Washington Post