Brewers OF Christian Yelich named 2018 National League MVP

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts couldn't draw up a dream season much more ideal than this: a batting title, a 30/30 campaign, a World Series championship and now the American League MVP award.

Betts said he is ready to take the greater exposure the MVP and the Red Sox season will create and embrace it even more to become an ambassador for the game.

"Obviously I really wanted to win then (in 2016) being in that spot because you never know if you're going to make it back", Betts said. He tied Ted Williams (1946) for the second-highest single-season WAR in club history, with Carl Yastrzemski at 12.5 in 1967 still tops. Unlike some baseball players, he doesn't eschew off-the-field limelight.

Betts beat out Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout coming in second. Betts can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Betts hit a major league-leading.346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs, 42 doubles and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the Red Sox, who won a team-record 108 games and their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons. "It's been unbelievable, 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".

Betts led the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, and ranked second in OBP, OPS and extra-base hits (84).

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Surprisingly, the only other first-place vote was cast for New York Mets' ace Jacob Degrom who was awarded the NL Cy Young yesterday. Cubs infielder Javier Baez placed second, with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado finishing in bronze-medal position. 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).

Yelich almost became the NL's first Triple Crown victor since Joe Medwick in 1937, finishing two homers shy of Arenado and one RBI back of Baez.

Despite being an MVP sleeper for most of the season, Yelich made his case with a stellar second-half performance, including a September surge that helped the Brewers secure their third division title in franchise history.

Yelich gets a $100,000 bonus for winning, and the price of the 2022 team option in his contract increases by $1 million to $16 million.

Yelich celebrated in Southern California with family and friends, including Heisman Trophy victor and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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