In just his second season, the Phillies first baseman led the majors with 58 home runs and 149 RBIs, while his surprisingly robust .313 batting average ranked eighth in the NL.
According to Baseball Reference, Howard's season was historically good enough to win the Triple Crown in three different seasons. Only Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg have belted as many homers in one season. The last Phillies player to win the award was Mike Schmidt in 1986. Howard's 58 homers crushed the franchise record 48 set by Schmidt in 1980.
The 27-year-old slugger becomes only the second player in history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP Awards in consecutive seasons, following Cal Ripken in 1982 and 1983. The MVP caps off a big year for Howard, which also included a Home Run Derby win, Silver Slugger Award and MVP of the Japanese All-Star series.
A press conference has been set for 4 p.m. and can be viewed on mlb.com.