Some years, there's a difference of opinion or fact on who should be the Most Valuable Player in one or both leagues. Part of that is the title of the award. How do you define "Most Valuable?" By statistics? Narrative? Both?
This year, at least in the National League, there was no question Bryce Harper of the Nationals was the MVP in just about every way, and Thursday, it was made official by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
In the A.L., Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays was the winner.
Some Cubs players did well in the voting, even though they didn't win. Anthony Rizzo finished fourth, Jake Arrieta sixth and Kris Bryant 11th.
As I have been doing all week, I present to you the voting from the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, of which I am a member.
Donaldson received 124 first-place votes (69.27%) and 2222 points while being named on 179 of 180 ballots (97.22%). Others receiving first-place votes include Mike Trout (53), David Price (1) and Chris Davis (1).
Harper received 170 first-place votes (94.44%) and 2461 points while being named on all 180 ballots. Others receiving first-place votes include Paul Goldschmidt (4), Yoenis Cespedes (2), Zack Greinke (2), Nolan Arenado (1) and Anthony Rizzo (1).
No, the first-place vote for Rizzo wasn't mine. My ballot:
N.L.: Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo, A.J. Pollock, Buster Posey, Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke A.L.: Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, Lorenzo Cain, Manny Machado, Kevin Kiermaier, J.D. Martinez, Jose Bautista, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Dallas Keuchel
The top 10 IBWAA N.L. finishers: Harper, Goldschmidt, Votto, Andrew McCutchen, Rizzo, Posey, Arenado, Arrieta, Greinke, Bryant.
The top 10 IBWAA A.L. finishers: Donaldson, Trout, Cain, Machado, Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Keuchel, Davis, David Price.
This concludes the BBWAA and IBWAA award season. Next week we'll have the results of the SB Nation balloting. There's one more SB Nation voting category, which will post Friday at 10 a.m. CT. Tune in then to find out what it is!