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Bryce Harper a unanimous choice for National League MVP

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had his finest season to date, and on Thursday was rewarded with the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Harper was a unanimous choice in the NL, garnering all 30 first-place votes, with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finishing second and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto coming in third.

The fourth-year outfielder is the first Nationals or Expos player to be named NL MVP.

Harper hit .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs, 38 doubles and 124 walks. He led the National League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, wOBA (.461), OPS+ (195), wRC+ (197), runs scored (118) and home runs.

The three-time All-Star and 2012 NL Rookie of the Year won his first Silver Slugger Award last week as one of the top-hitting outfielders in the National League. Harper's 97 home runs in his four years rank seventh all-time for most home runs though an age-22 season.

Harper was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Nationals, who were preseason favorites to win the World Series but ended up with 83 wins, finishing out of the postseason.

Harper, who turned 23 in October, is the fourth-youngest MVP in baseball history, older than only Vida Blue (1971 AL), Johnny Bench (1970 NL) and Stan Musial (1943 NL).