SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Washington Nationals’ individual accolades continued Wednesday when Daniel Murphy was named the MLBPA’s National League Most Outstanding Player, as voted on by his peers. The second baseman was picked over a pair of third basemen: the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant and the Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.
Murphy, 31, led the National League with a .595 slugging percentage, .985 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, and 47 doubles in the first season of a bargain three-year, $37.5 million deal with Washington. His .347 batting average was second to the Rockies’ D.J. LeMahieu by the slimmest of margins. He compiled 25 home runs, 104 RBI, and a .390 on-base percentage. All the numbers shattered his outputs in his seven seasons with the New York Mets.
Murphy then batted .438 with six RBI in Washington’s Division Series loss to the Dodgers after being limited to two pinch-hit appearances over the final 22 games of the regular season because of a strained glute.
Murphy was also named a finalist for the National League MVP award, which is voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The other contenders are Bryant and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Corey Seager. The winner will be announced next Thursday. Max Scherzer (Cy Young), Dusty Baker (manager of the year), and Trea Turner (rookie of the year) are also up for awards next week.