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Ridiculous factoids from Kris Bryant's MVP season

Ridiculous factoids from Kris Bryant's MVP season

Kris Bryant is your 2016 National League Most Valuable Player.

In the wake of his big win, check out some wild factoids surrounding the Cubs' third baseman, the team's first MVP since Sammy Sosa won in 1998.

Players to win a World Series and MVP in their Age 24 season or younger:

— Tris Speaker, Red Sox (1912)*** 
— Lou Gehrig, Yankees (1927)^^^ 
— Dizzy Dean, Cardinals (1934)
— Hank Greenberg, Tigers (1935)
— Joe DiMaggio, Yankees (1939)
— Hal Newhouser, Tigers (1945)
— Willie Mays, Giants (1954)
— Mickey Mantle, Yankees (1956)
— Henry Aaron, Braves (1957)
— Denny McLain, Tigers (1968)
— Cal Ripken, Orioles (1983)
— Kris Bryant, Cubs (2016)

***League MVP known as the "Chalmers Award"
^^^League MVP known as the "League Award"

Players to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive seasons:

— Cal Ripken, 1982 and 1983
— Ryan Howard, 2005 and 2006
— Dustin Pedroia, 2007 and 2008
— Kris Bryant, 2015 and 2016

Players to win Golden Spikes Award, Rookie of the Year and MVP:

— Buster Posey
— Bryce Harper
— Kris Bryant

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Cubs MVPs:

— Frank Schulte (1911)
— Rogers Hornsby (1929)
— Gabby Hartnett (1935)
— Phil Cavarretta (1945)
— Hank Sauer (1952)
— Ernie Banks (1958)
— Ernie Banks (1959)
— Ryne Sandberg (1984)
— Andre Dawson (1987)
— Sammy Sosa (1998)
— Kris Bryant (2016)

MVP, World Series and home run in the All-Star Game in the same season

— Lou Gehrig, Yankees (1936)
— Joe DiMaggio, Yankees (1939)
— Mickey Mantle, Yankees (1956)
— Ken Boyer, Cardinals (1964)
— Kris Bryant, Cubs (2016)

Multiple Cubs fnishing in Top 4 of NL MVP vote

— 1. Kris Bryant | 4. Anthony Rizzo (2016)
— 1. Ryne Sandberg | 4. Rick Sutcliffe | 5. Gary Matthews (1984)
— 1. Phil Cavarretta | 4. Andy Pafko (1945)
— 1. Gabby Hartnett | 4. Billy Herman (1935)

Kris Bryant on the road

2015: .243/.333/.360, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 110 K
2016: .308/.393/.587, 22 HR, 61 RBI, 75 K

Kris Bryant vs. lefties

2015: .246/.345/.452, 6 HR, 53 K/19 BB
2016: .314/.419/.641, 14 HR, 36 K/24 BB

More Kris Bryant accomplishments:

— 121 runs were most by a Cubs player since Sammy Sosa's 122 in 2002
— Bryant is first Cubs player to lead NL in runs since Sosa in 2002
— 14 home runs off lefties were the most in the National League
— in Jake Arrieta's 2016 starts, Bryant hit .413/.497/.777 with 32 runs scored, 11 home runs and 37 RBIs
— first player in Cubs history with 30-plus home runs and 100-plus runs scored in age 24 season or younger
— three games with four-plus hits, four-plus runs and four-plus RBIs this season, first Cubs player with three such games in a season since Hack Wilson in 1930
— first Cubs player with multiple five-hit games in a season since Mark DeRosa in 2007
— first Cubs player to homer on July 4 in consecutive seasons since Bobby Murcer in 1977 and 1978
— second player in Cubs history with five extra-base hits in a game (June 27), first since George Gore on July 9, 1885
— Cubs franchise record 16 total bases: three home runs and two doubles on June 27
— first Cubs player with five hits and six RBIs in a game since the Ryne Sandberg Game on June 23, 1984
— hit three home runs and played three positions (third base, right field, left field) on June 27, only player since at least 1913 to do that
— Bryant led NL with 7.7 Wins Above Replacement, first Cub to lead the league since Greg Maddux (9.4) in 1992
— Bryant was first to lead NL in position player WAR since Ryne Sandberg (8.5) in 1984
— Bryant was first Cubs player to score a run in the World Series since Peanuts Lowrey in Game 7 in 1945
— Bryant was first Cubs player ever to hit a home run and steal a base in a World Series game (Game 5)

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

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