Despite missing the playoffs following a mid-season collapse by the Phillies, superstar Bryce Harper was named the National League MVP award winner on Thursday night.
MVP x2 🏆🏆
Bryce Harper wins NL MVP for the 2nd time in his career 👏 pic.twitter.com/t6NRaMivQt
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 18, 2021
Even though nobody is doubting that Bryce Harper had a hell of a year, fans still took to social media to air their grievances with an MVP being named from a non-playoff team.
2021 NL MVP Favorite Bryce Harper went 0-11 in the biggest series of the year btw pic.twitter.com/3Zdh861Der
— Leslie Mines (@LeslieMinesIII) November 18, 2021
His team didnt even make the playoffs, how valuable can he be
— Chio (@jamchio10) November 18, 2021
A great great player on a bad team. They’d still be bad without him. How is thatMost Valuable?
— Marc Kaplan (@MarcKaplan10) November 18, 2021
Most undeserving MVP of all time. This is what he did in the most important series of the year… embarrassing pic.twitter.com/hWHBz83bc3
— . (@ATLSportStan) November 18, 2021
Despite his team fizzling off in the latter stages of the season, Bryce Harper was still a bright spot in the lineup.
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On the year, the slugging right fielder slashed .309/.429/.615. He also hit 35 home runs to go along with 84 RBIs on the year.
Sure, we can debate back and forth who should have been the MVP. But if you’re looking solely at playoff teams, it’s kind of slim Pickens. The runner-up to Harper was Washington’s Juan Soto, and I don’t think anyone was expecting Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford to come home with the hardware.
I agree with the notion that team success should factor into the MVP. But this year, it was simply too hard to vote against Bryce Harper.