It became apparent in the final weeks of the regular season that Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich would likely win the National League Most Valuable Player award.
It’s now official, as Yelich has become the fourth player in franchise history to be voted MVP by the Baseball Writers Association of America, joining Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers and Ryan Braun.
It wasn’t even close, as Yelich collected 29 of the 30 first place votes, with the only other first place vote going to the New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom. That vote came from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Chicago’s Javier Baez finished in a distant second place with 19 second-place votes. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and deGrom rounded out the Top 5 vote-getters.
Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain finished in 7th place, just 6 points behind Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt. Jesus Aguilar also appeared on 3 ballots, collecting an 8th place vote and 2 9th place votes.
It caps off an incredible first season in Milwaukee that even the most optimistic fans or writers could have imagined. Yelich finished the year with a line of .326/.402/.598, and narrowly missed the National League’s first Triple Crown in more than 80 years by finishing with 36 home runs and 110 RBI.
Yelich also won this year’s Hank Aaron Award as the league’s best offensive player and collected his second career Silver Slugger award.