Harper, the Nationals’ 22-year-old right fielder, was named the unanimous NL MVP on Thursday, capping off a season in which he led the league in runs and on-base percentage and tied for the lead with 42 home runs.
Harper was expected to one day be a Major League Baseball star and MVP award winner, but for it to happen at just 22 years old puts him not only in elite company in the city, but in all of sports.
Harper joins Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Reds first baseman Joey Votto as finalists for the award, marking the first time since 2008 the top three candidates were from teams that did not make the playoffs.
Perez, Escobar and Hosmer, who helped the Royals win the World Series for the first time in 30 years, were among those honored for their defense this season.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested on Halloween night on a domestic-violence charge in Maui, according to Hawaii News Now.
The two teams held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, with the goal of having the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches ready for spring training in 2017.
Baker has been around baseball for nearly 50 years, which made his absence the last two seasons especially hard to take. Devoted to his line of work, he’ll be back on a bench next season with the Nationals.
Baker, 66, joined general manager Mike Rizzo for a press conference at Nationals Park on Thursday, two days after he was hired by the Nationals to replace Matt Williams and be their sixth full-time manager.
Baker may turn out to be the best choice for the job, but until roster decisions are made and matchups are played, how the Nationals found their new manager will overshadow his hiring.
A New York state judge threw out a decision reached earlier this year that awarded the Nationals approximately $298 million from the Orioles for broadcast rights.
A baseball lifer who has been in the major leagues for nearly 50 years, Baker was bothered by the two-year layoff between managerial stints. He’ll return to the sport after being named as the Nationals’ manager on Tuesday.
Baker is a three-time National League Manager of the Year whose knowledge of the game and experience in a variety of situations is exactly what the Nationals need from someone in that position.