• 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 Baseball will be here soon, even though right now it feels like we'll never see baseball again.The long, cold, heartless, baseball-less winter is almost over, and the glorious sights and sounds of spring are slowly on their way to your eyes and ears, ready to fill your heart with warmth after the hot stove again failed to register on any thermometer. MORE: Spring training reporting dates for 30 teamsThe first exhibition games are about three weeks away. Sure, we'll get bored with them quickly — like we always do — but they'll also be the greatest reminder yet that baseball will be with us every day for a long time. And that's a great thing. Speaking of great things, there are lots of reasons to think baseball will be great in 2019. Here are 19 of them, none of which have anything to do with the DH possibly coming to the National League (which would be great):1. We’ll get to see real games earlier than ever. The regular-season officially starts on March 20 — the earliest start in history — when the A’s and Mariners begin a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. You'll have to wake up super early to watch the games live (first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. ET), but baseball-starved fans are known to embrace extreme measures. Meanwhile, Opening Day for the rest of comes March 28, also the earliest mass Opening Day in history. The takeaway: Not having to wait as long as usual for Opening Day = gr[......]

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