Brewers' Yelich is NL MVP

Aubrey Yates
November 18, 2018

Rollie Fingers, Robin Yount and Ryan Braun were the first three MVP winners in Brewers history, with Yount winning twice.

Betts was the overwhelming choice for American League MVP, earning 28 of 30 first-place votes. The batting title was the first for a Red Sox since Bill Mueller in 2003. "They kind of gave me a new perspective on the game and how to go about taking care of business".

We all know that Trout is the best overall player in baseball, given his two MVP awards, but instead of being cocky and complaining, he let somebody else have the limelight for once.

Milwaukee's Christian Yelich was close to a unanimous pick for the NL honor.

Betts led the league with a.346 batting average and 129 runs scored, while also posting a league-best.640 slugging percentage.

It could hardly have been a more successful first season in Milwaukee for Yelich, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in January for a package of prospects.

"It's unbelievable", Yelich said. "It's been fantastic, definitely a different part of the country so I get to see a difference in how life goes, it's definitely been a great time being in Boston".

Yelich is signed through 2021 and his deal includes a team option for the following season. He played his best against the team the Red Sox had to beat for the division title.

"Right now I'm just focused on the 2019 season coming up", Betts said.

The vote for deGrom was the only first-place selection not given to the Brewers' Christian Yelich, who otherwise blew away the field. It's also tied with Ted Williams for being the second-highest such mark for a Red Sox player, trailing only Carl Yastrzemski's 12.5 WAR, which he recorded during his triple crown season in 1967.

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Betts finished runner-up to Trout in 2016 and sixth last season.

Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez was third with 208 points, and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was next with one first and 198 points. Votes were submitted before the postseason.

Trout's run of MVP finishes is historically impressive.

Clearly, though, Yelich stood above the rest of the position-player field. Commissioner Rob Manfred criticized Trout during the All-Star Game for not making enough of a marketing effort.

Knowing, of course, that the news would get drowned out by the New England-wide cheering later in the day when Mookie Betts was unveiled as the American League's 2018 Most Valuable Player.

The only first-place vote Yelich didn't get went to New York Mets Cy Young Award victor Jacob deGrom.

He was one of three finalists, beating out Cubs infielder Javier Baez and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for the honor. This past season, Yelich recorded 36 homers, 110 RBIs, and a.326 batting average. He also had 47 doubles, five triples, 129 runs and 80 RBIs, and his 1.078 OPS was second in Major League Baseball behind only Trout (1.088).

With his second-half surge, Yelich almost became the NL's first Triple Crown victor since Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937.

The Brewers made it to the NL Championship Series behind the bat of Yelich, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

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