Boston Red Sox superstar right fielder and Milwaukee Brewers superstar slugger Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich are the American and National League’s Most Valuable Players in 2018.
Betts topped all of Major League Baseball in 2018 with an incredible .346 batting average, a .640 slugging percentage, and 129 runs scored. Betts also posted a .438 on-base percentage with 32 home runs, 80 runs batted in, and 30 stolen bases while being an absolute stud defensively. Betts posted an incredible 10.9 WAR in 2018, the highest total by a position player since Barry Bonds put up a historic (…steroid ridden…) 2002 season (11.8).
Betts is the first Boston Red Sox player to take home the honor since teammate and second baseman Dustin Pedroia won in 2008. Betts joins a stacked lineup of Boston MVPs, the list consists of the following players: Mo Vaughn (1995), Roger Clemens (1986), Jim Rice (1978), Fred Lynn (1975), Carl Yastrzemski (1967), Jackie Jensen (1958), Ted Williams (1946, ’49), Jimmie Foxx (1938), and Tris Speaker (1912).
Betts finished in first place with 28 firt-place votes while Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Red Sox teammate J.D. Martinez each received one first-place vote. Trout finished in second place with 265 overall points (the 4th time in his career he has finished second in an MVP voting), Cleveland Indians infielder José Ramírez finished third with 208 points, and Martinez finished fourth with 198 points.
The four studs were followed by Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Matt Chapman (Oakland A’s), Khris Davis (Oakland A’s, Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays), Justin Verlander (Houston Astros), Mitch Haniger (Seattle Mariners), Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox), José Altuve (Houston Astros), Blake Treinen (Oakland A’s), Andrelton Simmons (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Whit Merrifield (Kansas City Royals), Edwin Díaz (Seattle Mariners), Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees), Didi Gregorius (New York Yankees), Jed Lowrie (Oakland A’s), Trevor Bauer (Cleveland Indians), Aaron Hicks (New York Yankees), and Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox).
Christian Yelich just narrowly missed out on the National League Triple Crown after getting traded from the Marlins to the Brewers last offseason, posting a fantastic .326 batting average, a .598 slugging percentage, and a 1.000 OPS. Yelich additionally put up a .402 on-base percentage with 36 home runs, 110 runs batted in, 118 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases while playing stellar defense.
Yelich now joins Ryan Braun (2011), Hall of Famer Robin Yount (1982, 1989), and Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers (1981).
Christian Yelich finished one Jacob deGrom first-place vote shy of a unanimous selection after one voter contested that deGrom should have been the National League MVP, Yelich received first-place votes on 29 of the 30 ballots. Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baéz finished in second place with 250 points and Rockies third baseman and Platinum Glove winner Nolan Arenado finished in third place with 203 points.
Also receiving votes in the National League were studs Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), Jocab deGrom (New York Mets), Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks), Lorenzo Cain (Milwaukee Brewers), Trevor Story (Colorado Rockies), Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals), Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Aaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies), Justin Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers), Max Muncy (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jesús Aguilar (Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), and Eugenio Suarez (Cincinnati Reds).
Two incredible seasons by two incredible players have now won Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich MVP Awards in their respective leagues. Stay tuned into Doubleday Double Talk for free agent signing updates and more baseball news this Offseason!