Love him or hate him (and there are plenty of haters), Bryce Harper is the 2015 NL MVP. He is the youngest unanimous MVP in MLB history, hitting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI. He also led the league with 118 runs scored. The AL voting was a closer race, but in the end Josh Donaldson took the prize. He received 23 first-place votes in beating Mike Trout, who put up similar numbers to Donaldson, but Donaldson was worth 8.8 WAR on a team that ended a long playoff drought.
Correa and Bryant feasted on opposing pitching in 2015. Monday, the two were awarded the AL and NL Rookie of the Year Award, respectively. Correa hit 22 home runs since his debut June 8 and hit .279 with 68 RBI. Bryant was the unanimous winner: he hit 26 homers in 151 games with 99 RBI, beating out Matt Duffy and Jung-Ho Kang.
Dallas Keuchel had a 5.27 ERA as a rookie in 2012 but has since evolved into one of the best lefties in the league, winning the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday with 20 wins and a 2.48 ERA. Jake Arrieta beat out the two-headed monster of Kershaw and Greinke to win his first Cy Young Award after four years of mediocrity. He had a stellar second half with 12 wins and a 0.75 ERA, finishing with 22 wins and a 1.77 ERA overall. By comparison, Greinke had 19 wins and led the Majors with a 1.66 ERA. Kershaw, amazingly, had one fourth-place vote and one fifth-place vote.
Joe Maddon took the Cubs back to the playoffs and Jeff Banister brought the Texas Rangers back from a dismal 2014 to win the AL West. This is the third such honor for Maddon, while Banister is the fifth rookie manager to win the award.
Per Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday, David Ortiz announced that the 2016 season would be his last. He has spent 13 of his 19 years with the Red Sox, hitting .288 with 445 of his 503 career home runs. He also has a .295 postseason avg. with 17 homers and three World Series rings, and was the 2013 Series MVP.