Kris Bryant wins National League Most Valuable Player Award … Anthony Rizzo finishes fourth in the voting for NL MVP
Kris Bryant was named the National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Bryant received 29 of the possible 30 first-place votes, and one second place vote, for a total of 415 points. Washington’s Daniel Murphy placed second with 245 points. Corey Seager finished third with 240 points.
Bryant received 29 of 30 first place votes, just one vote away from being the unanimous winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
For the second year in a row, Anthony Rizzo finished fourth in the voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Addison Russell received one sixth place vote and Kyle Hendricks received one ninth place vote.
Bryant becomes the 11th Most Valuable Player honoree in franchise history, the ninth since the BBWAA began voting for the award in 1931 and the first Cub to win since Sammy Sosa in 1998. Bryant also joins Andre Dawson (1987), Ryne Sandberg (1984), Ernie Banks (two times, 1958 and 1959), Hank Sauer (1952), Phil Cavarretta (1945) and Gabby Hartnett (1935) as BBWAA winners. Rogers Hornsby won the League Award in 1929 and Frank Schulte earned the Chalmers Award in 1911. Bryant is the youngest MVP in franchise history.
The NL Rookie of the Year a season ago, Kris Bryant has become the first player in franchise history to win both Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player Award at any point with the Cubs. Only four players in major league history have won the MVP a season after winning Rookie of the Year: Bryant, Boston’s Dustin Pedroia (2007 and 2008), Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard (2005 and 2006) and Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. (1982 and 1983).
Bryant batted .292 (176-for-603) with 39 homers, 35 doubles, 102 RBI and 121 runs scored in 155 games this season. He led the National League in runs scored, ranked third in homers, was fourth with a .939 OPS and a .554 slugging percentage and sixth in RBI. He was the only player in the majors with at least 35 homers, 35 doubles, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored and 75 walks this year. Bryant also led the National League with an 8.3 WAR, the highest mark by a Cub since Sammy Sosa’s 9.2 WAR in 2001.
Bryant lined up at six different positions this past season (third base, shortstop, first base, left field, right field, center field) and played 107 games at third base.
The 24-year-old was named to the All-Star team for the second season in a row, the first time as a starter. Bryant also became just the second Cubs player to reach 35 home runs in his age 24 season, joining Ernie Banks in 1955.
Bryant has now been named the College Player of the Year (2013), Arizona Fall League MVP (2013), Minor League Player of the Year (2014), NL Rookie of the Year (2015), Hank Aaron Award (2016) and NL MVP (2016).
Kris Bryant is the first player to be the College Player of the Year (Golden Spikes Award), Minor League Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year (National League Rookie of the Year) and Most Valuable Player (National League Most Valuable Player) in consecutive seasons.
Kris Bryant is the first Cubs player to win the MVP Award since Sammy Sosa (1998). And Bryant is the 10th player in franchise history to earn top player in the league or MVP Award. Frank ‘Wildfire’ Schulte was the most important and useful player in the league in 1911 and Rogers Hornsby won the League Award for the greatest all-around service to his club in 1929. Gabby Hartnett (1935), Phil Cavarretta (1945), Hank Sauer (1952), Ernie Banks (1958, 1959), Ryne Sandberg (1984), Andre Dawson (1987) and Sammy Sosa (1998) were the seven NL MVPs before Kris Bryant (2016).
Kris Bryant has a World Series Championship Ring, an National League Most Valuable Player Award and NL Hank Aaron Award for his excellent first full-year in big league baseball.
Mike Trout won the AL MVP Award. Trout received 19 first place votes and a total of 356 points. Mookie Betts (Red Sox) finished second with 311 points and Jose Altuve (Astros) came in third in the voting for AL Most Valuable Player with 227 points.
Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays), Manny Machado (Orioles), David Ortiz (Red Sox), Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Robinson Cano (Mariners), Francisco Lindor (Indians) and Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) rounded out the top 10 in voting for the AL MVP Award.