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Trout, Bryant Take Home MVP Awards

American League:

The Angels Mike Trout is your 2016 American League MVP. The award is Trout’s second. Trout had another brilliant year at the plate, hitting .315 while leading the league with a .441 OBP. He smashed 29 homeruns and stole 30 bases, leaving him 1 homerun short of being the first 30/30 player in the league since Trout and Ryan Braun both did it in 2012. He now has led the AL in WAR for 5 straight seasons, only the second hitter to ever do so (joining Babe Ruth) and has never once dropped out of the top 2 in MVP voting during his 5 full seasons in the league. Trout edged out Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for the prestigious award.

National League:

The Cubs Kris Bryant wins the MVP honors for the NL, one year after winning Rookie of the Year in 2015. Bryant hit .292 with a .939 OPS. His 39 homeruns were 3rd in the NL and he led the NL in runs scored with 121. Bryant’s 7.7 WAR was third best in MLB, behind only two AL MVP finalists, Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. His defense at third base and mighty bat in the heart of the order was crucial to a Cubs team that won 103 games, capturing their first division win since 2008 and their first World Series victory since 1908. Bryant beat Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager on his way to his first MVP.

Connor Kurcon
Boston, MA. Lifelong Sox fan. Twitter: @ckurcon

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