Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies has been named the 2021 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. It’s Harper’s second time winning the award (2015) and just the sixth player for the Phillies franchise and first since Jimmy Rollins in 2007. Harper also becomes the first player since Rollins to win an MVP after not being voted to an All-Star game and the 13th in MLB history overall. The award is Harper’s fourth this season, following the Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award, and N.L. Most Outstanding Player.
The recently-turned-29-year old led all of baseball in OPS (1.044), slugging percentage (.615), wRC+ (170), OPS+ (179) and was tied in doubles (42). Harper’s 78 extra-base hits led the National League and are the most for any Phillies player since Ryan Howard had 86 in 2009.
List of outfielders to reach 100 R, 40 2B, 35 HR & 100 BB:— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 3, 2021
Babe Ruth (2x)
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Second Half Surge
Harper’s historic second half paved the way to winning MVP. The Phillies right fielder led all of baseball in OPS (1.188), slugging percentage (.713), and wRC+ (201) following his All-Star game snub and had 49 extra base hits including 20 home runs. Harper joins Chuck Klein as the only other player in Phillies history with at least 49 extra-base hits in the second half. Klein had 49 in the second half of 1929 and 56 in the latter half of 1930.
It wasn’t particularly close pic.twitter.com/UQSr9rrv0h— Joe Edinger (@Joe_Edinger) November 18, 2021
Comparing Harper’s 2021 to the Phillies’ most recent MVPs