What makes a standout season? Is it home runs, accolades, durability of games played or an X-factor that makes a performance noteworthy? In this article, take a look at some of the most memorable individual seasons by a Nationals position player.
1. Bryce Harper, 2015
Key fact: Unanimously voted the National League Most Valuable Player by the BBWAA
Name a statistical category, and Harper was all over it in 2015, as he became the franchise’s first MVP Award winner. During his age-22 season, Harper led the National League in home runs (42) and runs scored (118). He also topped all of baseball in on-base percentage (.460), slugging percentage (.649), OPS (1.109) and OPS+ (198) while posting career highs in batting average (.330) and hits (172) in 153 games.
Harper became the third-youngest player to win NL MVP at 22 years, 353 days old — behind only Hall of Famers Johnny Bench (22 years, 298 days in 1970) and Stan Musial (22 years, 316 days in ’43).
“All I wanted to do was stay healthy, be on the field every single day,” Harper said after being named MVP. “[I believed that] if I could do that, I would have this award by the end of the year.”
For his work in 2015, Harper holds the franchise’s single-season marks in offensive WAR (9.1), OBP, OPS+, at-bats per home run (12.4), walks (130), times on base (301) and offensive win percentage (.854).…