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Harper wins first career Silver Slugger Award

Nov 12, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper added to his growing collection of hardware Thursday night, winning the first Silver Slugger Award of his career as one of the three best offensive outfielders in the National League.

Harper was selected along with fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies in a vote of NL managers and coaches conducted near the end of the regular season.

The 23-year-old’s selection was a no-brainer. He led the league with 42 homers, 118 runs, a .460 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage and 1.109 OPS while finishing second with a .330 batting average.

Harper thus adds the Silver Slugger to his mantel, which already includes this year’s Hank Aaron Award as the best offensive player in the NL and the Players’ Choice Award as NL Outstanding Player. He’s expected to cap off award season with his first career NL MVP, which will be handed out Nov. 19.

Harper becomes the 10th Silver Slugger winner for the Nationals in their 11 seasons in the District. Past winners were Alfonso Soriano (2006), Ryan Zimmerman (2009-10), Adam LaRoche (2012), Stephen Strasburg (2012), Ian Desmond (2012-14) and Anthony Rendon (2014).

  1. Doc - Nov 12, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Congrats to the Kid!!!

  2. k286 - Nov 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Well-deserved. And one more to go!

  3. Susan - Nov 12, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Yeah!

  4. Arlene Arbolario - Nov 12, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    A well deserved award indeed. Next up, NL MVP. Stay strong and healthy all year. Congrats to @bharper3407.

  5. Sonny G 10 - Nov 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Way to go, Bryce. You da man!

  6. alexva6 - Nov 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    He led the league with 42 homers, 118 runs, a .460 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage and 1.109 OPS while finishing second with a .330 batting average.

    I watched him all year but when I read this I’m still amazed

  7. natsfan1a - Nov 13, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    Way to go, Bryce. Save room on the trophy shelf because there’s more to come.

  8. DaveB - Nov 13, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    I had missed that CarGo got one of the OF Silver Sluggers. I hope that doesn’t make him even harder to trade for, as he is my hope for an OF upgrade. Not sure what it would take, but I think we really need another LH bat, and I’d like to avoid a long term FA contract (not to mention losing a draft pick) for someone like Heyward or Chris Davis

  9. Susanfaulkner - Nov 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Glad he’s on my team!!! Way to go!!!

  10. tcostant - Nov 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    See that list of all Nationals, still reminds me of Rzimm getting his on Opening Day and being booed by all the Philly fans.

    Congrats Bryce, MVP next!

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