After one of the best statistical seasons in the major leagues from a Valley League alumnus in recent memory, former Luray Wrangler Daniel Murphy (2004-05) finished 2nd in National League Most Valuable Player voting!
Murphy is the latest to force his way into the conversation about the MVP, joining Jason Kipnis (Covington 2006-07), who finished 11th in 2013 and 16th in 2015.
Murphy didn’t seriously challenge Kris Bryant, the winner, who received 29 of 30 first place votes, but he finished a strong 2nd. Daniel got one first place vote (from Mike Puma, a New York writer (surprise!)), 11 2nd place votes, 10 for 3rd place, 6 for 4th, 1 for 5th, and 1 for 7th. He was named on all 30 ballots. His final vote total was 245, 5 points ahead of 3rd place Corey Seager. (By the way, you should spend some time looking over the voting, dear brilliant reader- some fun stuff in there.)
Daniel sure proved to earn his new free agent contract with the Nationals, hitting 347/390/595 in 142 games and 531 at-bats. He added 47 doubles, 5 triples, 25 home runs, 104 RBIs, and a solid 35/57 BB/K ratio. he set career highs in many categories: doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, batting average (and finished 2nd in the league), on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.
He certainly had a fantastic season! Congrats, Daniel!