Washington Nationals News: Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer take home Esurance MLB Awards

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the most recent awards for Nationals superstars Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer. As Ladson notes, both Harper and Scherzer took home Esurance MLB Awards yesterday after fantastic seasons by both players.

Harper — fresh off his first career MVP Award — won two Esurance MLB Awards: Best Major Leaguer and Best Everyday Player.

Scherzer’s second no-hitter of 2015 won the award for Best Performance. The right-hander struck out a team-record 17 batters during his second no-no of the year.

Needless to say, both Harper and Scherzer were phenomenal for the Nationals in 2015. Harper has already been recognized as the best player in the NL and Scherzer will likely be in the Cy Young conversation next year as well. The Nationals will need both players to be just as good next season, and the success of Harper and Scherzer could play a big role in the team’s chances of returning to the postseason in 2016.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Mike Petriello discusses two interesting charts that demonstrate how successful Harper has been in his four-year career.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Harper Best Major Leaguer, Everyday Player

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — A great week for Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper came to a tremendous conclusion on Friday night. A day after unanimously winning the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Most Valuable Player Award, Harper garnered two Esurance MLB Awards — one for Best Major Leaguer and one for Best Everyday Player.

To win Best Major Leaguer — the premier Esurance MLB Award — Harper beat out Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (who won the BBWAA’s American League MVP Award on Thursday) and the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, who won MLB Awards for Best Starting Pitcher and Best Breakout Player, as well as the BBWAA’s NL Cy Young Award. Read full article here.

2 charts that explain Harper’s greatness

(Mike Petriello, MLB.com)

Eight months ago, a poll of Major League players ended with Bryce Harper being named “most overrated” for the second consecutive year. Want to bet that streak won’t extend to three? He beat out Josh Donaldson and Jake Arrieta to be named “Best Major Leaguer” in the Esurance MLB Awards on Friday night, and also won the Best Everyday Player award. This all came just one day after becoming the youngest unanimous Most Valuable Player in history. Harper is getting the accolades we always knew he deserved.

But really, even those lofty honors aren’t enough to accurately describe what we’re witnessing. Harper isn’t just one of the best players in the game coming off one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen. He’s on track to be one of the best of all time. Read full article here.

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