Washington Nationals News: Bryce Harper Wins National League Hank Aaron Award


While Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals are not participating in the World Series, Harper received one of many notable honors he will get in the weeks to come at the current site of the World Series. Before Game 4 tonight between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field, Harper was named the Hank Aaron Award winner in the National League. Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays received the award in the American League.

The Hank Aaron award is given to the best offensive player in each league and is selected via a fan vote and a panel of Hall Of Fame players such as Aaron, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Frank Thomas, Eddie Murray, and Robin Yount. This is the first time that a Nationals’ player has received this award, which was first awarded in 1999.

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With today being Halloween, Harper had a scary good season in 2015. The 23-year-old right fielder had a slash line of .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs, 99 RBI’s, 118 runs scored, and 124 walks. While Harper just missed out on the batting title, he did lead the NL in home runs, runs scored, slugging percentage, and .OPS.

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One notable thing about this honor tonight is that Donaldson is at Citi Field to receive the award while Harper is not. While Harper isn’t there to personally receive the award from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, he did send a thank you video message and he is not the only person who has ever missed this ceremony:

While I’m sure Harper would like to be playing in this game tonight while receiving this great honor, this is only the first of many honors Harper will receive, including maybe the NL MVP.

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On Thursday, Harper was named a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist at the right field position, joining Jason Heyward of the St. Louis Cardinals and Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets. The only other Nationals’ player that is a finalist for a Gold Glove at their respective position is catcher Wilson Ramos. He will go up against Buster Posey of the Giants and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals for that award. The Gold Glove winners will be announced on November 10.