Kris Bryant received 29 of 30 first place by the BBWAA to earn the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player award. Bryant became the first Chicago Cub to win the award since Sammy Sosa in 1998. It was the 11th time a Cub has won the award. Bryant hit 39 home runs with 102 RBI this season with a slash line of .292/.385/.554/.939. His WAR (wins against replacement) was 7.7.
Bryant was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015. Only three other players have won the MVP award the year after being Rookie of the Year (Cal Ripken Jr., Ryan Howard, and Dustin Pedroia). The award was just icing on the cake for the young third baseman after the Cubs won their first World Series championship since 1908 this season.