Congratulations pour in for MVP Mookie Betts on social media

Silvia Morton
November 18, 2018

Yelich is the National League MVP after hitting.326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs for the NL Central champions.

Not only did Betts register the best batting average of 2018, he also led Major League Baseball in slugging, runs, and Wins Above Replacement (WAR).

And he achieved a little bit of history with this #feat.

Two-time MVP Mike Trout of the Angels was second in the voting.

Betts is the first Red Sox player to win the batting title since Bill Mueller in 2003.

A day after a mini-controversy was stirred when deGrom came up one vote shy of a unanimous Cy Young win - he got 29 of 30 first-place votes - the Mets ace received a first-place vote in the NL MVP voting revealed Thursday.

Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich was a runaway victor for the National League Most Valuable Player award after helping the Brewers return to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

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The damage is officially done for the 2018 Red Sox. Betts can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

As good as he was in 2016, when he hit 31 homers and drove in a career-high 113 runs en route to a second-place finish behind Trout, Betts took his game to another level this season.

"Right now I'm just focused on the 2019 season coming up", Betts said. He also won the Heart and Hustle Award, which is given to the player who "best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball". Cy Young Award victor Jacob deGrom of the Mets picked up the other first-place vote to finish fifth.

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.

Milwaukee reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years, swept Colorado in the Division Series, then lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-game League Championship Series, falling one win short of its first World Series appearance since 2002. He was first in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640), extra-base hits (84) and - despite appearing in 22 fewer games - tied Cleveland's Francisco Lindor for first in runs scored with 129.

In addition to his league-leading 111 RBIs, Baez hit a career-high 34 homers and stole 21 bases.

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