Harper, Donaldson win Most Valuable Player honors

Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:17pm EST
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(Reuters) - Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals became the youngest unanimous winner of Major League Baseball's Most Valuable Player Award, joining Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays in claiming 2015 MVP honors on Thursday.

Harper, who was 22 at the end of the National League regular season when the vote was taken, received all 30 first-place votes from Baseball Writers' Association of America members after batting .330, slugging 42 home runs and driving in 99.

The left-handed hitting outfielder, MLB's Rookie of the Year in 2012, also became the first MVP to win representing a Washington franchise, including two incarnations of the American League Washington Senators.

Donaldson, traded to Toronto by the Oakland Athletics before the season, thrived with the Blue Jays, helping them end a 22-year absence in the postseason by claiming the American League East crown.

The third baseman clouted 41 home runs, drove in 123 runs for the high-powered Toronto attack, and batted .297.

"It's amazing," Donaldson, 29, told MLB TV. "I have to thank my teammates.

"Honestly, our team was so great, I was very blessed to be in the situation I was put in and I'm very thankful and I felt like I was able to take advantage of a lot of the opportunities that were put in front of me."

Harper, sidelined in previous seasons due to injuries suffered through his aggressive play in the outfield, enjoyed an injury-free season in 2015.

"To be on the field, that's the main goal," Harper said.   Continued...

Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) heads out on his two run home run during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports