In a tight race against Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper came home with the hardware for National League MVP. In a stellar season, the Phillies outfielder took home the award for the second time in his career. Harper, who nearly carried the Phillies to the playoffs the season, was recognized as the most valuable player this season in the National League. Even though Harper wasn’t in the playoffs this season, he still had an exceptional season. Harper was the first Philadelphia Phillie to win the NL MVP since Jimmy Rollins did it in 2007.
Why Harper Was Deserving
Out of the players that were nominated, Harper had the biggest impact out of all of them. Juan Soto had a phenomenal season, his numbers were great, and he showed why he is a top player in the MLB. However, his team as a whole didn’t have a lot of success, even though he had great numbers, due to his team’s lack of success it wouldn’t necessarily give him the award. For Tatis, his team did have some success, as well as he did have great numbers, Tatis was in a situation wherein that lineup if he had an off night, the other players in that lineup that could pick up the slack.
In the sense of Bryce Harper, he literally carried the entire Phillies team. With all of the inconsistencies with that lineup, and nearly helped them win the NL East title, Bryce Harper was one of the sole reasons why the team had the success that it did. He did it all for the Phillies, especially in the second half of the season, Harper was a scorching hot hitter. This season, Bryce Harper hit for a .309 batting average, 35 home runs, 84 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .429, a slugging percentage of .615, and a WAR of 5.9.
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