Harper unanimous NL MVP after huge year Nats outfielder is among youngest honorees in Major League history NL MVP: Bryce Harper 1:12 With career-best numbers in average, homers and RBIs, Bryce Harper becomes the youngest player to unanmimously win the BBWAA's NL MVP award By Bill Ladson / MLB.com | @washingnats | WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper became the third-youngest Baseball Writers' Association of America National League MVP Award winner when he was unanimously voted as the 2015 honoree, it was announced Thursday. At 22 years, 353 days old on the final day of the season, Harper is behind only Hall of Famers Johnny Bench (22 years, 298 days for the Reds in 1970) and Stan Musial (22 years, 316 days for the Cardinals in '43) for the youngest NL players to be named MVP. Oakland's Vida Blue is the youngest MVP in baseball history, winning the American League MVP Award in 1971 at 22 years, 64 days old. • Complete 2015 Awards coverage Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto were the other finalists for the NL MVP Award. In 2015, Harper hit .330, led the NL in home runs (42, tied with Colorado's Nolan Arenado), runs scored (118), on-base percentage (.460) and slugging percentage (.649). Harper is the only player in Major League Baseball history with at least 42 home runs, 124 walks and 118 runs scored at age 22 or younger, and he is the youngest player in MLB history with at least 42 home runs and 124 walks in a season. The previous youngest was Babe Ruth, who hit 54 home runs and had 150 walks in 1920 at the age of 25. Harper wins Silver Slugger Harper announced as Silver Slugger winner Bryce Harper is announced as a 2015 Silver Slugger Award winner in the outfield Harper's 42 homers are the second most by any left-handed hitter age 22 or younger, trailing Eddie Mathews (47, 1953). "It was a combination of things as to why Harper had a great year," Washington hitting coach Rick Schu said. "The No. 1 thing is that he stayed healthy. This past season, he was able to get comfortable with his hands. He was able to take the pitch that was given him. He was going line to line. I think his confidence really helped him with everything -- pitch selection and taking his walk. He really slowed things down." Must C: Harper goes deep thrice Must C Classic: Harper hammers three homers 5/6/15: Bryce Harper homers in his first three at-bats and drives in a career-high five runs in the Nationals' 7-5 win over the Marlins Hitting isn't the only reason that Harper won the NL MVP Award. Baserunners didn't dare try to take an extra base against him. If they did, Harper nailed them. "If I'm not hitting, I don't want them to get a hit, either," Harper said during the season. "It's the little things that I keep in my head that keeps me going out there, keep me in the game. I want to make some plays and help this team win."