Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper were named AL and NL MVPs.
It is the first MVP award for both players.
Donaldson was acquired by the Blue Jays in an off-season trade with the Oakland A’s which sent Brett Lawrie out west. It could prove to be one of the most lopsided trades of the century. Donaldson hit .297 with 41 HR and a league leading 123 RBIs as well as league leading 122 runs scored. All these numbers proved to be career highs. Donaldson led the Blue Jays to their first post-season appearance since 1993. He also becomes the first Jay to win the AL MVP since George Bell did so in 1987.
Harper would win the NL MVP unaminously. He hit .330, led the NL with 42 home runs, 118 runs scored, a .460 OBP and .649 SLG along with 99 RBI. For the second time in three years, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished runner up. He previously finished runner up in 2013 to Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen. Interestingly, Harper, Goldschmidt and 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto (the top three vote getters) came from teams that did not make the post-season. Harper becomes the first NL MVP not to come from a post-season team since Albert Pujols won his second MVP in 2008 while still with the St. Louis Cardinals. At 23, Harper is the youngest player to win the NL MVP since Johnny Bench won his first of two NL MVPs in 1970 at the age of 22. Harper is also first player in Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise history to win the NL MVP. I would be very, very shocked if Harper doesn’t win at least one more MVP.