Nov 10, 2015, 7:33 PM EST
Bryce Harper, to the surprise of nobody, is one of three finalists for NL MVP honors. The Nationals’ young star will have to wait another nine days to find out if he won the award, and if so, by how much margin.
Harper, and teammate Wilson Ramos, did find out Tuesday evening they will not be adding a Gold Glove Award to their respective mantels.
Harper officially was named an MVP finalist, joining Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Reds first baseman Joey Votto. That means those players finished 1-2-3 in balloting conducted by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America prior to the end of the regular season.
The BBWAA will announce the winner Nov. 19, with Harper a runaway favorite to capture the award, perhaps in a unanimous vote. (There are 32 total voters, two from each NL city.)
Harper’s candidacy is as solid as they get. He led the NL with 42 homers, 118 runs scored, a .460 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage and 1.109 OPS, while finishing second to Miami’s Dee Gordon with a .330 batting average. He was only the ninth player in MLB history to hit .330 with 42 homers and a .460 on-base percentage in a single season.
If he is selected, Harper will be only the third player in Washington baseball history to win an MVP award, joining the Senators’ Walter Johnson (1913, 1924) and Roger Peckinpaugh (1925). The highest a Nationals player has ever finished in NL MVP voting is fifth (Anthony Rendon, 2014).
No other Nationals were named finalists for the BBWAA’s three other awards (Cy Young, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year). Max Scherzer is expected to receive Cy Young votes, though, perhaps finishing fourth or fifth.
The Nationals had a pair of Gold Glove Award finalists in Harper and Ramos, but neither emerged with the hardware. Harper lost out to Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward; Ramos lost out to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
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