Kris Bryant does something no reigning MVP has ever done before, but it's not good

It’s hard to dream up a better possible start to a career than Kris Bryant’s. Here is how the last four years have played out for the Cubs star third baseman:

  • 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. Bryant signed a record contract prior to this season too. A record for his service time level, that is, but a record nonetheless.

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Kris Bryant has had a storybook start to his career, but not his 2017 season. USATSI

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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