Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers is the near-unanimous winner of the 2018 MVP Award, earning 29 of 30 first-place votes. Jacob DeGrom garnered the lone holdout, but Javier Baez had 19 second-place votes and finished second overall.
2018 NL MVP: Christian Yelich.— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 15, 2018
Full voting details: https://t.co/tDbAFziWNi
Yelich won on the heels of a terrific final two months which saw him hit 21 home runs, score 46 runs, and knock in 53 while slashing .335/.434/.728 and nine stolen bases. Those numbers would help him lead the league with a .326 average, .598 SLG, 1.000 OPS, 164 OPS+, and 343 total bases. It is little surprise then that he also led the league’s position players with 7.6 WAR.
Even before that torrid stretch to end the season that would lead the Brewers past the Cubs for the NL Central Division title, our Senior Editor, Ely Sussman, surmised that the Marlins may have traded not one but two MVPs last offseason. Perhaps you will remember Giancarlo Stanton won last year prior to being traded to the Yankees.
The answer, is yes Ely, that is precisely what the team did last winter. And somewhere Lewis Brinson now shoulders a heavier burden.
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