MVP! MVP! MVP!
The BBWAA MVP awards were finally announced tonight and this year, both guys hail from the Los Angeles teams. Neither came as a shock – I actually predicted both of these and I typically don’t get these things right. And both were 100% deserving of the title.
National League: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Already earning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger, Bellinger had himself a season. He hit an amazing .305/.406/.629, with 47 home runs, and 34 doubles. Striking fear in pitchers everywhere, he also led the majors in intentional walks with 21. Bellinger’s 9.0 WAR was the best in all of the majors, which is what ultimately put him ahead of Anthony Rendon (6.3 WAR) and Christian Yelich (7.1 WAR) for the vote. Both Rendon and Yelich put up huge numbers, but when it comes to player value, WAR is kind of the measuring stick for what makes a guy the most valuable player in the entire league.
American League: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
He already earned a Silver Slugger this season – his seventh – and now Mike Trout will be taking home the honor of being the best player in the American league for the third time in his career. Despite his season ending early, he managed to hit 45 HR, .291/.438/.645, and knock in 104 RBI. Trout led the AL in OPS (1.083) and all of MLB in OBP (.438). Alex Bregman came in as a VERY close second place and actually topped Trout in WAR (8.4 to 8.3), but Trout’s ridiculously high OPS is likely what snuck him past Bregman (who also was incredible with an OPS of 1.105).