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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant makes Las Vegas proud with MVP award

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant makes Las Vegas proud with MVP award
Posted at 12:12 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 19:28:54-05

LATEST:  Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has been voted NL MVP, and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is the AL winner for the second time in three years.

Bryant hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs in just his second year in the majors, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. He becomes just the sixth player to win rookie of the year and MVP in one or consecutive seasons.
 
Bryant received 29 first-place votes, and Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy was the runner-up.
 
While the Angels finished fourth in the AL West, Trout was his usual brilliant self. He batted .315 with 29 homers, 100 RBIs and 30 steals. He scored 17 percent of Los Angeles' runs, the highest percentage for an AL player since Rickey Henderson with the 1985 New York Yankees.
 
Trout received 19 of 30 first-place votes. Boston right fielder Mookie Betts was second.
 
The results of the voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America were announced Thursday night. Voting was completed by the start of the playoffs.
 

ORIGINAL STORY:

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Students at Bonanza High School have had their eyes on the Chicago Cubs all season long because of 2010 Bonanza High School alumnus Kris Bryant, who helped lead the Cubs to its first World Series win in 108 years.

Bryant has had a breakout season and the current players at Bonanza High School use him as their daily inspiration.

"I try to push myself each day to be a mirror image of him, but it's hard because talent like that doesn't come often," said senior Danny Ruiz.

"A guy that good came from a school that I'm going to," said senior Torren Brozowich.

Bryant's former high school coach has nothing but fond memories of the 24-year-old All-Star. He says the 2010 salutatorian was a superb athlete, but an even better person.

"He didn't let his ability make him separate himself from the rest of the team like oh I'm better," said Bonanza High School Coach Mike O'Rourke. "That's definitely not Kris."

Cubs fans also celebrated the win at Brando's, a sports bar off Blue Diamond Road.