Bryce Harper has become the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history, capturing the NL award during a season in which his Washington Nationals missed the playoffs.

Harper turned 23 in mid-October, after the postseason had already started.

Harper got all 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Thursday.

The outfielder led the majors in slugging percentage and on-base average. He hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBIs.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was second in the voting and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto was third.

The AL MVP was to be announced later Thursday.

 

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