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Nationals' Bryce Harper accepts 2015 NL MVP Award, delivers emotional speech

Washington Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper received his NL MVP Award last night in a ceremony in New York City, and the 23-year-old, 2010 no.1 overall pick delivered an emotional speech, thanking his parents for the role they played in getting him there.

Bryce Harper receives NL MVP Award. -- Screencap via MLB.com
Bryce Harper receives NL MVP Award. -- Screencap via MLB.com

Towards the end of Bryce Harper's .330/.460/.649, 38 double, 42 home run, 9.5 fWAR campaign in the nation's capital, his teammate on the Washington Nationals, Jayson Werth, said the 22-going-on-23-year-old outfielder put up MVP-type numbers.

"He had a great season," Werth said. "MVP-caliber season. You don't see those too often. I've been playing however many years now, I've seen one. So we'll see if this is two. But he's been great, I think he's come a long way in a short period of time, and I think he's going to be a big part of this club going forward and it's been a pleasure to play with him."

"I've seen some pretty awesome seasons from some guys, and that was one of the best seasons I've ever been able to see." - Jayson Werth on teammate Bryce Harper's MVP campaign

In his fourth major league campaign, Harper, the no.1 overall pick in 2010, led all National League hitters in On-Base Percentage (.460), Slugging Percentage (.649), Weighted On-Base Average (.461), Weighted Runs Created Plus (198), Isolated Power (.319) and Wins Above Replacement (9.5 fWAR). He finished the season tied for first in Home Runs (42) and finished second in walks (124) and Batting Average (.330).

In mid-November, Harper was unanimously voted the NL MVP.

"He played great," Werth said when asked about Harper winning the award. "I've seen some pretty awesome seasons from some guys, and that was one of the best seasons I've ever been able to see. Sometimes when you don't win the division though, you don't know which way it's going to go. But he deserved it. If you look at all the stuff he does for the game, and what he means to baseball going forward too, I think he definitely deserved it."

On Saturday night, in a smaller-than-expected ceremony in New York City, held during blizzard-like conditions, Harper received his award. He delivered an emotional speech from the podium, talking about the contributions and sacrifices his father and mother made to get him where he is today.

"I want to thank my pops," Harper said, as quoted by the Nationals.

"First, he sacrificed everything to help me, by fulfilling my dream…Mama, you showed me how to have heart, how to care, how to be the best person I could off the field."

"I remember many nights as a young boy, sleeping with my bat and dreaming of being a great ballplayer for a long time," Harper continued, as quoted on MLB.com.

"One of those dreams came true. I play for a great team and great management, with many great fans."

"Although this trophy represents the great year that I had," he added in talking about his success in a disappointing season for the team, "I'm still not satisfied as a player. The most important thing about individual accolades is how those accolades can help a great team become the best team in baseball. However, this year wasn't our year."

Check out some of the video of Harper getting chok---, er, emotional, via MLB.com: