Yelich finishes second in NL MVP voting

Ruben Hill
November 17, 2019

Bellinger and Yelich finished tied in FanGraphs wins above replacement with 7.8 apiece. The only year he didn't finish one or two in the voting was in 2017 when he missed close to two months with a thumb injury. He received the other first-place vote.

Had Yelich won, people're certain Dodgers fans would be none too satisfied about it. He led the majors in on-base percentage (.438), trailed only Christian Yelich in slugging percentage (.645) and paced the sport in weighted runs created plus (180).

Going forward, there's a much bigger question surrounding Rendon than whether he deserves to win MVP: Where will he play in 2020?

He's also still just 25 years old, so there may well be more of these Bregman-Trout races to be had in the future.

Bellinger is the 12th player in Dodgers history to win NL MVP, joining Jake Daubert (1913), Dazzy Vance (1924), Dolph Camilli (1941), Jackie Robinson (1949), Roy Campanella (1951, 1953, 1955), Don Newcombe (1956), Maury Wills (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963), Steve Garvey (1974), Kirk Gibson (1988) and Clayton Kershaw (2014). It's the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events and more! He had not even appeared in a game in the outfield, where he won a Gold Glove this year.

However voting for the MVP award took place before the playoffs, so did not take into account postseason form. The Red Sox shortstop was 13th in 2013. His key offensive numbers this year were all career highs:.285 average, .369 on-base percentage, .522 slugging percentage, 33 homers and 92 RBIs. Left-handed hitters batted just.157 against him with two extra-base hits. DJ LeMahieu, Xander Bogaerts, and Justin Verlander also received votes for third place.

Mookie Betts was eighth, Rafael Devers 12th, and J.D.

-Smith subsequently signed with the Braves, getting a three-year, $39 million contract in a deal that includes a 2023 club option for $13 million. He received them at Dodger Stadium and on the road.

The other eight players declined the qualifying offer and will head into free agency: Cole, Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon, San Francisco Giants left-handers Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna and New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.

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