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Phillies’ Bryce Harper wins National League MVP, moves into elite company

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Major League Baseball announced Thursday evening that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has won the 2021 National League MVP Award. This is the second time Harper has been awarded the NL MVP Award. He also won the award for the Washington Nationals in 2015.

Bryce Harper joined very exclusive company, winning the league MVP for different teams.

Only Jimmie Foxx, Frank Robinson, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez have also won the award for more than one team.

Many believed that this year’s National League MVP Award was a wide open field and up for grabs. The results though, proved otherwise.

Harper received 17 of the 30 first place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The remaining 13 first place votes were spread between Juan Soto (6), Brandon Crawford (4), Fernando Tatis Jr. (2) and Trea Turner (1).

It might not have been the unanimous MVP that Harper won in 2015, but it was impressive nonetheless. Harper hit .309 with 35 home runs, 84 runs batted in, 13 steals and he led the majors with 42 doubles. But it was really his second half that brought him the award.

During the 2nd half of the season, Bryce Harper hit .338 and kept the Phillies in the National League East race until the final days of the season. The Phillies otherwise did not have much going for them.

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto finished 2nd in the voting, followed by San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.

Harper added to his career accolades. He now has won league MVP twice, Rookie of the Year, has won the Silver Slugger Award twice and is a six-time All-Star. The only thing missing from his resume is a World Series championship.