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Bryce Harper's MVP plaque was never really in doubt

Bryce Harper's MVP plaque was never really in doubt

I'm guessing Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wasn't sitting around drumming his fingers on the kitchen table waiting to see who got named National League Most Valuable Player on Tuesday night. He knows what he did this past season and he's not prone to anything resembling self-doubt.

No one else should have been wondering either.

There were three finalists for television entertainment purposes only. Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto had great seasons, but there was no way to paint by the numbers that ended up in a picture of anyone other than Harper.

Harper led the National League in runs scored tied for...

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