Christian Yelich was oh so close to claiming a second straight MVP award.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America instead voted Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers as this season’s National League Most Valuable Player. Bellinger garnered 362 points in voting. Yelich, who finished second, had 317 points.
Yelich, by any measure, had the most impressive offensive season in the bigs. He led the National League in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.429), slugging percentage (.671), and hit 44 home runs, which was good for fourth in the NL. He also stole 30 bases.
The Milwaukee slugger was in the conversation for MVP, despite missing the team’s final 18 games with a fractured kneecap.
Bellinger, on the other hand, posted career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI’s, walks and stolen bases.
Yelich would’ve been the first player to win back-to-back MVP’s since the TIgers’ Miguel Cabrera did it in 2012-2013.