Bryce Harper is 15th player in MLB history to reach 50 career homers before age-22 season

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Bryce Harper hit one of six home runs for the Nationals last night in an 8-3 victory over the Mariners. In doing so, he joined some impressive company.

Harper is just the 15th player in MLB history to reach 50 career home runs before their age-22 season. It took him 331 games to get there.

Via Baseball Reference, he’s the full list, which includes two other active players:

Mel Ott – 86

Tony Conigliaro – 84

Eddie Matthews – 72

Frank Robinson – 67

Alex Rodriguez – 64

Mike Trout – 62

Ken Griffey, Jr. – 60

Al Kaline – 59

Mickey Mantle – 57

Giancarlo Stanton – 56

Bob Horner – 56

Andruw Jones – 54

Ted Williams – 54

Orlando Cepeda – 52

Bryce Harper – 50

Such a disappointment, that Harper. In all seriousness, imagine how high he’d be on that list if it wasn’t for the injuries over the past two seasons. He’d be near the top, most likely, if not the highest. Still, he’s off to a pretty good start and has plenty of time to meet those lofty expectations.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.