Originally Posted by Brittingham.Sam
Lets be real, harper won because of his name.
His name helped for the All-Star game but the reason he won ROY was because he played the whole year at 19yo and did what few players have ever done in the long history of the game at his age. He had the 2nd most HR by a teen in a season with 22 leaving him 2 off the record and set the record for most XBH and Total Bases.
People tend to dislike Harper for being hyped up and cocky but the best WAR in a season by teenager in MLB was 3.7 by HOFer Mel Ott in 1928, Ott played parts of the previous two years in the majors. This year Harper had a 5.0 and was the youngest play in all of MLB this year.
So not only does does his numbers have a legit claim to the ROY as is he did ir at an crazy young age which puts the over all performance over the top.