The Baseball Writers Association of America and Major League Baseball announced the recipients of the 2021 Most Valuable Player awards on Thursday night. The title of National League has arrived Philadelphia Phillies midfielder Bryce Harper. Harper previously won the NL MVP in 2015, as a member of the Washington Nationals.
Harper prevails Citizens of Washington midfielder Juan Soto and San Diego Padres leapfrog Fernando Tatis Jr received 17 out of 30 votes in first place. Six to Soto; two for Tatis Jr.; four to San Francisco Giants leapfrog Brandon Crawford; and one to Los Angeles Dodgers midfielder Trea Turner. (You can view the full voting breakdown by multiply here.)
Harper, 29 years old, reached .309 / .429 / .615 (179 OPS +) with 35 home runs, 42 doubles, and 13 base steals (on 16 tries) in the regular season. By Baseball Reference calculations, Harper contributed 5.9 Wins Over Substitutions. That number happens to be double the second-highest of his career, just behind the 9.7 wins above substitutions he scored in 2015.
Harper is the sixth other player to win an NL MVP in the past six years – or, since his last win. Previously, hardware was given to Freddie Freeman, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, and Kris Bryant. Additionally, Harper is the first member of the Phillies to win an MVP since Jimmy Rollins did so in 2007. Ryan Howard previously won the award in 2006, giving the Phillies consecutive winners.
Soto and Tatis Jr have both had commendable seasons. Soto scored .313/.465/.534 (175 OPS+) in 29 home runs and significantly more walks (145) than strikes (93) in 151 competitions. According to Baseball Reference calculations, he has a value of 7.1 Wins On Substitution. Meanwhile, Tatis Jr. hit .282 / .364 / .611 (166 OPS+) with 42 home runs and 25 steals (over 29 attempts) in 130 games. Tatis accumulated a 6.6 Wins Over Substitution, but that was clearly not enough to convince voters in his direction.
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