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Today In Brewer History: MVP #2 For Yount

On this day in 1989, Robin Yount carved out another piece of history. Despite being named first on just eight of the 28 ballots issued, he won his second AL MVP award. Yount was one of four players to receive more than 200 points in the balloting:

Player Team First Place Votes Points
Robin Yount Brewers 8 256
Ruben Sierra Rangers 6 228
Cal Ripken Orioles 6 216
George Bell Blue Jays 4 205

A's Dennis Eckersley (three) and Carney Lansford (1) received the other first place votes.

Yount's award capped off a season where he hit .318/.384/.511, posting his highest OBP ever and his highest batting average and slugging since his 1982 MVP campaign. He hit 21 home runs, drove in 103 runs and stole 19 bases in 22 attempts.

By winning the award, Yount became just the third major leaguer ever to win an MVP at two positions. The others were Hank Greenberg (first base in 1935, left field in 1940) and Stan Musial (1943 and 1948 as an outfielder, 1946 as a first baseman).

With help from and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • Fond du Lac, Wisconsin native and Helena Brewer Chad Pierce, who turns 24.
  • 2001 Brewer Brandon Kolb, who turns 38.
  • Milwaukee native and 1901 Milwaukee Brewer George McBride, who would have turned 131.