Bryce Harper, Shohei Ohtani win MVP awards

Bryce Harper and Shohei Ohtani have been named the league’s most valuable players, according to announcements from the Baseball Writers Association of America. It is the second MVP in Harper’s career, while Ohtani wins for the first time.

Harper led all hits (minimum 500 record appearances) by goals at wRC + last season. His .309 / .429 / .615 line checked in 70 percentage points above the league average. The Phillies star was number six in the National League with 35 homeruns and went in pace in the league with 42 doubles, leading to an NL-best slugging percentage. Harper also pulled lots of walks, which he does on an annual basis, leading to the second-highest on-base percentage in the Senior Circuit.

The six-time All-Star was especially big down the stretch. During the second half of the season, Harper received a .338 / .476 / .713 clip, which helped him win his second career Silver Slugger award. Harper did not rate very well defensively, but the sheer offensive excellence to take the crown.

Harper appeared on all 30 ballots and received 17 votes in first place. That was enough to clear the Nationals’ Juan Soto and Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., the other two NL finalists. Soto picked up six first-place finishes after posting a .313 / .465 / .534 line and pacing the league in on-base percentage. Tatís surpassed a league-best 42 homers while playing a good portion of the season on shortstop, a performance that earned him two first-place votes. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Nationals / Dodgers infielder Trea Turner were the other players who got the first place votes.

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