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Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson win MVP awards

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The Sports Xchange
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) comes into the dugout for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2015. Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) comes into the dugout for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2015. Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

Voters left no doubt about the winners of the National and American League Most Valuable Player awards.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was the clear choice in the NL, receiving all 30 first-place votes and becoming at age 23 the youngest unanimous MVP in history on Tuesday.

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The AL MVP award went to Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who joined George Bell as the only players in franchise history to receive the honor. Donaldson received 23 of 30 first-place votes and 385 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Harper tied for the National League lead with 42 home runs while playing in a career-high 153 games and his .330 batting average was second best in the NL. The left-handed-hitting Harper also led the majors in on-base percentage (.460), slugging (.649) and WAR (9.9).

Since 1900, Ty Cobb (1909) and Stan Musial (1941) are the only other players to lead the majors in on-base percentage and slugging in a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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About the only feat that Harper couldn't pull off this year was leading the Nationals into the postseason.

Other finalists for the NL award were Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Goldschmidt received 18 second-place votes and 234 points. Votto had one second-place vote and 175 points.

Donaldson helped the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since 1993 by leading the AL in runs with 122. He was second in WAR (8.8) and tied for third in home runs with 41.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout finished a distant second in the AL voting with seven first-place votes and 304 points. Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was third with 225 points.

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