Kris Bryant does something no reigning MVP has ever done before, but it's not good
Bryant now has the longest hitless streak to begin a season by a reigning MVP
- 2013: Golden Spikes Award winner as the best player in college baseball.
- 2014: Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.
- 2015: NL Rookie of the Year.
- 2016: NL MVP and World Series champion.
Yeah, it’s hard to start your baseball career better than that.. A record for his service time level, that is, but a record nonetheless.
On Friday, Bryant set another record, though it wasn’t a good one. He flew out to right field against Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson in his first at-bat Friday, moving him to 0-for-14 on the season. That is the longest hitless streak to start the season by a reigning MVP in history.
Ouch! Bryant will be fine though. Players have 0-for-14 slumps all the time during the season. Bryant just so happened to have one at the start of the season. Before you know it, he’ll be back to mashing baseballs and again in consideration for the MVP award. As it turned out, the hitless streak didn’t last much longer.
Bryant was hit by a pitch in the third, then finally got his first hit of the season -- an infield single -- in the fifth. The Cubs lost, though, 2-1 in 11 innings.
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