AL: Shohei Ohtani (Unanimous choice.)

Ohtani was a no-brainer. He also had the highest Wins Above Replacement in the AL


NL: Bryce Harper, for the second time.

The NL balloting was split. The top five were as follows:

  1. Bryce Harper, PHI: 17 (first-place votes), 9 (second), 2 (third), 1 (fourth), 1 (fifth) — 348 points
  2. Juan Soto, WSH: 6 (first), 11 (second), 7 (third), 2 (fourth), 2 (fifth), 1 (sixth), 1 (seventh) — 274 points
  3. Fernando Tatis Jr., SD: 2 (first), 5 (second), 15 (third), 5 (fourth), 1 (fifth), 2 (sixth) — 244 points
  4. Brandon Crawford, SF: 4 (first), 2 (second), 1 (third), 7 (fourth), 8 (fifth), 4 (sixth), 3 (seventh), 1 (ninth) — 213 points
  5. Trea Turner, WSH/LAD: 1 (first), 3 (second), 3 (third), 10 (fourth), 3 (fifth), 4 (sixth), 2 (seventh), 1 (eighth), 1 (10th) — 185 points

Harper was not among the top 10 in the NL in Wins Above Replacement. He didn’t even have the highest WAR on his own team! Juan Soto was the top NL position player in that category. Harper did have a mammoth second half after not even having made the all-star team. He was batting only .271 on the morning of July 6th, but he batted .341 the rest of the way, with 54 extra base hits and an incredible 1.171 OPS. Oddly enough, Soto was also on a tear and had the exact same OPS over the exact same period, but individuals are rarely awarded an MVP for playing on a last-place team, and Soto did just that, and in baseball’s weakest division to boot. The typical thought is, “They could have finished in the same place without him, so he wasn’t really all that valuable.” At any rate, Soto just turned 23 and has already played four full seasons, and Tatis is even younger. They probably have multiple MVPs in their futures.