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The Washington Nationals outfielder got 16 of 32 first-place votes from the NL panel. Miley was second with 12 first-place votes, followed by Cincinnati slugger Todd Frazier with three firsts and 45 points. Harper appeared on every ballot, and Bill Center of U-T San Diego was the only voter who didn’t include Miley.
Harper was the top pick in the 2010 amateur draft and batted .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs as Washington brought postseason play to the nation’s capital for the first time since 1933. Only Tony Conigliaro (24) hit more home runs as a teenager.
For winning the award, Trout earned a $10,000 bonus on top of his $482,500 salary.
Harper became the first Nationals player to win a BBWAA award since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005.
Under a new format this year, both league’s winners are announced on the same day with the winner revealed on the MLB Network. Manager of the Year voting will be revealed Tuesday, followed by the Cy Young Awards on Wednesday and MVPs the following day.
"Every little kid’s dream is to be a big league ballplayer or a doctor or a firefighter or whatever everybody wants to be," Harper said. "That was my dream and I wanted to make that dream come true as quickly as possible."
At 20 years, 27 days on Monday, he was 24 days older than New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden when he won the NL award in 1984.
"This game is unbelievable. I love it with everything I’ve got," Harper said, "and I’m going to play every single day like it’s my last."
And the admiration of Harper and Trout is mutual, especially after their time together last year with Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, for the game’s premier prospects.
"He’s one of the best players in baseball, if not the best right now," Harper said. "He’s pretty impressive every day he plays."
For now, each has a rookie award. In the future, they may earn MVPs on the same day.
"We play the game the right way," Trout said. "We’re always running out balls. He’s always hustling, trying to make that big play."
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