Bryce Harper as expected won the National League MVP award, deservedly so and unanimously, but a trio of Dodgers received votes as well in ballots released by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Thursday.
Zack Greinke, who finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting on Wednesday, finished seventh in MVP voting while Kershaw, third in Cy Young voting, finished 10th in MVP voting. Jake Arrieta of the Cubs, who won the Cy Young, finished sixth in MVP.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received one ninth-place vote (from Mike Puma of the New York Post) and one 10th-place vote (from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle), finishing tied for 19th in MVP voting.
MVP ballots name 10 players, with points awarded on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Greinke was named on 24 of 30 ballots, including a pair of second-place votes - one from Mark Saxon of ESPN LA and one from Jack Etkin, representing the Colorado BBWAA chapter. This is just the second time Greinke has received MVP votes. He finished 17th in the American League in 2009, the year he won the AL Cy Young Award.
Kershaw was named on 12 of 30 ballots. His highest votes were a pair of fourth-place tallies, from Saxon and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Kershaw, who won the NL MVP in 2014, has received votes in each of the last five years, finishing no lower than 16th during that span.
Greinke and Kershaw were the first two Dodgers pitchers to both finish in the top 10 of MVP voting since Sandy Koufax (second) and Phil "The Vulture" Regan (seventh) did so in 1966.