Only five Major League Baseball players have won league Most Valuable Player awards with two different franchises. Three of them played American Legion Baseball.
Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) of the Philadelphia Phillies joined that club when he was named 2021 National League MVP on Nov. 18. He joins Frank Robinson (Post 237, California) and Barry Bonds (San Mateo, Calif.) as ALB alumni to win MVP awards with two different teams.
Harper also won the NL MVP with the Washington Nationals in 2015. Robinson won MVP awards with the Reds and Orioles and Bonds was MVP with the Pirates and the Giants. Alex Rodriguez, with the Rangers and Yankees, and Jimmie Foxx, with the A’s and Red Sox, are the other players to win MVP with two teams. All told, 32 players in MLB history have won multiple MVP awards, led by Bonds’ seven.
Harper led the majors this season with 42 doubles, a .615 slugging percentage, a 1.044 OPS and a 179 OPS+. He also became just the fourth outfielder in history to record at least 35 home runs, 40 doubles, 100 runs and 100 walks in a season, joining Bonds, Babe Ruth and Stan Musial.
“Last season was a great season for myself, but our main goal as an organization is to win a World Series,” Harper told MLB.com.