Red Sox’ Mookie Betts Named American League MVP

Five ways that Mookie Betts transformed into an MVP this season

Five ways that Mookie Betts transformed into an MVP this season

Betts finished with 410 votes, while Trout garnered 265.

Still, there was a heated MVP debate in Boston all summer about Betts and Martinez, with the belief that Martinez's presence in the Boston lineup helped make everyone better. The Red Sox right fielder was the team's first batting title victor since Bill Mueller in 2003.

If there is any lingering doubt about Betts' honor, consider that he hit.415/.506/.738 with 22 runs in 17 games against the Yankees.

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Clearly, though, Yelich stood above the rest of the position-player field.

He led the NL in batting average (.326), slugging percentage (.598), and OPS (1.000).

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The 26-year-old Betts posted a.346 batting average, a.640 slugging percentage and a 10.9 WAR in 2018, leading all of Major League Baseball in all three categories. He scored the most runs for a Red Sox since Dom DiMaggio in 1950. He also hit 32 home runs and stole 30 bases making him the only 30-30 batting champ in league history.

Defensively, the three-time Gold Glove Award victor had five outfield assists and tied for fourth among all players with 20 defensive runs saved. He set career highs with 36 homers and 110 RBI and had a 1.000 OPS.

Betts was the runner-up for the AL MVP in 2016, when Trout received 356 points in voting and Betts received 311. His fourth-place finish previous year - when he played 114 games - was his worst in his seven seasons. That year Betts garnered nine first-place votes and 311 total points. Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez were the finalists. Ramirez finished third in the voting a year ago, behind Aaron Judge of the Yankees and the victor, Jose Altuve of the Astros.

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Yelich, who led the Brewers to a National League-leading 96 regular season wins and a return to the NL championship series for the first time since 2011, received 29 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for the award.

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