• null Baseball If baseball prognosticators are to be believed, it was only a matter of time before Kris 夜网论坛Bryant won his first of many Most Valuable Player awards.It came sooner rather than later Thursday, when the Cubs wunderkind was named National League MVP in his second major league season by near-unanimous decision. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager second and third, respectively. Murphy got the remaining first-place vote. MORE: Bryant, Murphy, Seager on SN's NL All-Star teamBryant, 24, built off his Rookie of the Year campaign in a big way, leading the NL with 7.7 wins above replacement and 121 runs scored while helping the Cubs end their infamous 108-year World Series drought. He also ranked in the top six in OPS (.939), home runs (39) and RBIs (102). MORE: Seager named SN's NL Rookie of the YearThe second-overall pick in the 2013 draft arrived in the majors in 2015 amid fanfare unlike any Cubs player since perhaps Sammy Sosa, whose 1998 MVP campaign is the last time the franchise claimed the award. And Bryant has made quick work in meeting the lofty expectations.MORE: Trout named AL MVPBryant is the fourth player to be named Rookie of the Year and MVP in back-to-back seasons. Cal[......]

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  • Baseball WASHINGTON — I’m here in our nation’s capital to watch baseball, though I’m a bit distracted. My days are, basically, a countdown, only I don’t know when the countdown will end. That’s part of the fun and a big part of the anxiousness.See, I’m going to be a dad. BabyGirl Fagan is on her way. She could arrive this week, or she could say “Hi” closer to her Aug. 12 due date. Baby and mom are doing great, thanks for asking. And, yes, we’ve already taken BabyGirl to a pretty momentous baseball game.  MORE: Three takeaways from Bryce Harper's Home Run Derby winBut Tate and I are both newbies at this parenting thing.  We’ve read books and done as much research as possible; Tate, particularly, has been voracious in her quest for baby knowledge, even though she’s going to be a natural. I figured that while I was in D.C. for the All-Star festivities, I might as well do a little field research, too. There are lots of baseball players who are great fathers. So at the media player availability Monday afternoon before the Home Run Derby, I asked some of those dads whether they had any advice for me, a soon-to-be first-time father. A theme quickly developed. “Sleep now,” Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ said with a grin.Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain just started laughing. “A first time dad? Get your sleep,” he said. “Get lots of sleep before the kid comes.”From Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford: “Get your sleep now.”[......]

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