Harper wins MVP Award

Bryce Harper claimed his second Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, becoming the Phillies’ first MVP since Jimmy Rollins in 2007. 

Harper hit .309 with 42 doubles, one triple, 35 home runs, 84 RBIs, and posted a 1.044 OPS. He ranked second in the NL in fWAR (6.6) and led the league with a .615 slugging percentage. 

"I'm overwhelmed," Harper said, tearing up while surrounded by family. “What Bryce did this season was extraordinary,” said Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton. “With this award he joins a fraternity of some of the greatest players to ever wear a Phillies uniform. I am so happy for Bryce that his historic 2021 season is being recognized with numerous honors and the pinnacle of them all, the Most Valuable Player Award.” 

In the second half of the season, Harper slashed .338/.476/.713 in 311 plate appearances as he started each of the Phillies’ final 72 games. 

"I don't think the fans understand that we don't know (who won) until they know as well," Harper said. "The two guys next to me had unbelievable years that shouldn't go unrecognized. And knowing I'm sitting with my wife, looking at my kids with my family there, it just makes you emotional." 

Juan Soto finished second in the vote, while Fernando Tatis Jr. came in third. 

"Winning the first one and going through those six years to get to here, and winning it in Philadelphia, this one just felt a little bit different. Being older, more mature, having the teammates and family now that I do with my kids, it feels different being able to enjoy this with them. It's a lot of fun." 

For the Phillies, Harper is the sixth player to win the MVP Award in franchise history as he joins Rollins (2007), Howard (2006), Mike Schmidt (1980, 1981, 1986), Jim Konstanty (1950), and Klein (1931, 1932). 

In addition to being named National League MVP, Harper was the NL recipient of the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league, as voted on by a panel of Hall of Fame players and fans. 

"Last season was a great season for myself, but our main goal as an organization is to win a World Series. That’s my goal," Harper said.

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