Apparently 108 victories, a victory in the World Series and a Gold Glove were not enough for Mookie Betts in 2018. The Boston Red Sox outfielder added a prize from the American League Most Valuable Player to his rapidly expanding list of achievements, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday evening. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich took the honor for the National League.
Betts won MVP with an all-round, wire-to-wire performance that helped the Red Sox win a league-best 108 games before the fourth championship of the franchise was conquered in 15 years. Yelich was also electric from the beginning of the season to the finish, but was very productive because the brewers pushed their unlikely late season to win the NL Central. Betten beat Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, while Yelich defeated Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Twenty-eight of the 30 possible votes came first to Betts on the AL vote, while Trout received one and well behind Betts finished second. Yelich got 29 votes in first place, the other went to New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday. Washington Nationals-starter Max Scherzer, who finished second at Cy Young-voting, 10th place in third place for MVP and two votes. Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon finished 11th.
Betts was named MVP as the center of the world champions, considered one of the more dynamic teams in baseball history after being in the & # 39; postseason & # 39; by the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers tore. Betts led the majors with a .346 batting average – six points ahead of teammate JD Martinez, who finished fourth in MVP voting and got a single first place vote – scored 129 points, drove in 80, hit 32 homeruns and, as if for his versatility to push everyone's face, he stole 30 bases. Betts was also dynamic in the right field, won his second Gold Glove prize last week and led all players with 10.4 wins over replacement, according to FanGraphs.
But Betts & # 39; MVP victory was not the only performance on the AL side. Trout finished in the top two votes for the sixth time in his seven full Major League-seasons, an unprecedented series with a rookie of the year at age 20, two MVP prizes won in 2014 and 2016 and on Thursday, his fourth second place. In the only season that he was outside the top two for MVP, the 27-year-old finished only a fourth in the voting. Trout led the AL with 122 free runs and a .460 on-base percentage, batted .312 and ended with 39 homeruns, but that amounted to only 79 RBI, largely due to an unmarked Angels attack around him. He probably would have needed a higher run production (although he scored 101) to beat Betts for the prize.
Yelich grabbed the highest individual honor of NL by leading the league with a .326 average, .598 slugging percentage and 1,000 on-base plus slugging percentage. He hit 36 homeruns, set 110 RBI and scored 118 runs scored and finished with an impressive 34 doubles, seven triples and 22 stolen bases. He, like Betts, was also a reliable presence in the rightfield and anchored a surprising Brewers team that won a NL-high 96 regular season-games and ended a victory of the pennant.
Baez had the following runs in the NL-race and batted .290 with 34 homeruns and scored a league-high 111 RBI. Arenado was right behind him, deGrom received an impressive first place vote after finishing with a microscopic 1.70 ERA and the writers finally decided that Yelich was the almost undisputed choice to stand above Betts.
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