Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper became the youngest unanimous MVP, while Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson received 23 of 30 first-place votes to win the AL MVP over Mike Trout.
Harper hit .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBI. His 42 homers were tied for the most in the NL, and he led all of baseball with a 1.109 OPS, more than 100 points better than Paul Goldschmidt, who had the second-highest total.
In addition to being the youngest unanimous MVP, Harper is the first Nationals/Expos player to be named MVP. Andre Dawson finished second in 1981 and 1983. Harper is just the seventh unanimous NL MVP of all time.
The Donaldson vote was much less of a known entering Thursday night, as Trout had quite the case as well.
Donaldson finished behind Trout in WAR (8.8 to 9.4), but he finished with 41 homers, 123 RBI and was an integral part of Toronto’s AL East-winning season.
Donaldson is the first Blue Jays MVP since George Bell in 1987.
Lorenzo Cain, Manny Machado and AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel rounded out the top-5 in the American League. Nelson Cruz, who finished 6th, received one second place vote.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished second, followed by Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo and Andrew McCutchen. NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta finished sixth.