Mookie Betts had an unbelievable 2018 season for the Boston Red Sox, and he was recognized for his excellent campaign Thursday when he was named American League MVP.
Milwaukee's Christian Yelich was close to a unanimous pick for the NL honour.
"I'm thankful it all worked out because being traded, you never know how it's going to be", Yelich said.
The two other AL MVP finalists - Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez and Angels center fielder Mike Trout - were quick to congratulate Betts.
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Betts is the only player in Major League Baseball history to steal 20-plus bases and hit 40-plus doubles in four consecutive seasons.
He's the first Red Sox player to lead the majors in both batting average and slugging since legendary Ted Williams in 1957.
"Yeah, it's been a pretty good 2018", Betts said on MLB Network. After four full seasons, the trophy further legitimizes Betts' already secure spot on center stage as one of the top five players in the majors and arguably the face of baseball's future. Commissioner Rob Manfred criticized Trout during the All-Star Game for not making enough of a marketing effort. The Cubs' Javier Baez (250), the Rockies' Nolan Arenado (203) and the Braves' Freddie Freeman (174) also finished ahead of deGrom.
With his average of.326, Yelich became the first Brewers player to win a batting title, and he was just two home runs and one RBI short of winning the first NL triple crown in 81 years.
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Arenado hit.297 with an NL-best 38 homers and 110 RBIs. Yelich was especially impressive in the second half, hitting.367 with 25 homers and 67 RBIs - including 11 homers in August and 10 in September.
For Betts, the American League award capped a magical year that saw Boston win a franchise-record 108 regular-season games before beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series to claim a fourth title in 15 seasons.
Yelich celebrated in Southern California with family and friends, including Heisman Trophy victor and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. He wore a Los Angeles Fire Department cap during TV interviews. "We were fortunate enough to make it with no damage, A lot of people, unfortunately, were not able to say the same".
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