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The Baseball Show: Why Harper should be MVP

Sep 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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Bryce Harper was named co-NL player of the week on Monday along with teammate Stephen Strasburg. It was the third time this season Harper has earned the honors, having also won in back-to-back weeks in May.

With how good Harper has been this season, those will likely not be the only awards he wins. There are only two weeks left on the schedule and by now it is clear that Harper should be the National League’s most valuable player.

Mark made his case for Harper to win MVP on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show along with Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar. They continued that discussion by comparing Harper to Mike Trout and posing the question of whether Harper is now better than the Angels superstar.

Check it out:

  1. natsjackinfl - Sep 22, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    I don’t know why this is even debatable.

    We are witnessing an historic individual performance. Whether the Nats are a playoff team or not isn’t even an issue.

    Aside from Yunel Escobar, prior to the past 10 days, the Nats roster underperformed almost to a man and yet Bryce has singlehandedly kept the team relevant and competitive.

    Hats off to a truly amazing performance.

    • Section 222 - Sep 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      I’m looking forward to seeing how much of an issue the Nats’ non-playoff status will be. I expect Bryce will run away with it, but the fact that Cespedes has cooled off alot and the Mets have cooled a bit, may have something to do with that.

      This is truly a season for the ages for Bryce. Thrilling to watch.

      • jfmii - Sep 22, 2015 at 9:23 AM

        Goose bumps for me thinking that it is quite possible this “season for the ages” will not be his best

      • Section 222 - Sep 22, 2015 at 11:11 AM

        Me too. That makes it all the more amazing. I think that’s why everyone keeps saying “and he’s only 22.”

        Hope you saw my post over at that other site that shall not be named. Comparing him to the all-time greats yields all kind of interesting insights.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 22, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Bryce Harper for NL MVP is a given; it may not be unanimous, but it will be a landslide.

    A somewhat more discuss-able question is who will get the NL Cy Young award. I’d probably vote for Zack Greinke, but a strong case could be made for Jake Arrieta, as well.

  3. Doc - Sep 22, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Bryce Harper should be the MVP because he is the MVP—-of the universe!

  4. Gnat - Sep 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    The Cespedes for MVP conversation is the stupidest thing I have ever heard even a week ago. MOST VALUEABLE PLAYER!

  5. Guapo - Sep 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    I was checking out the stats on MLB.com today and I think they are broken. Every time I sort by a different category, Harper stays at the top.

    Anyone who tries to make a case for anyone other than Harper for MVP isn’t worth having a baseball conversation with.

  6. Guapo - Sep 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    I was checking out the stats on MLB.com today and I think they are broken. Every time I sort by a different category, Harper stays at the top.

    Anyone who tries to make a case for anyone other than Harper for MVP isn’t worth having a baseball conversation with.

    • ArVAFan - Sep 22, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      Worth repeating. (grin)

    • Section 222 - Sep 22, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      That’s funny. Yeah, you look at his season stats on baseball-reference and almost the whole line is in bold. Someone should look into that.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 22, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Sooo, Bryce broke the baseball interwebz? Just add it to the list of accomplishments.

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