We won’t know for another five weeks if Christian Yelich was able to win his second straight National League MVP award, but we won’t have to wait quite as long to see if he repeats as the winner of another major award — and the fans have a say in this one, too.
Yelich was named as a finalist for the Hank Aaron award today as one of the best offensive players in the league.
.@ChristianYelich has been named a finalist for the 2019 Hank Aaron Award, recognizing the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.#VoteYeli now through October 9 at https://t.co/TVeSQabjaC. pic.twitter.com/ISgJ7VRYMh— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 3, 2019
Every team has a “finalist” for the award this year, with fans getting to vote through next Wednesday. Those votes will be considered along with the votes of Hall of Famers and Hank Aaron himself.
Yelich tied with Cody Bellinger to lead the NL in fWAR with 7.8 despite playing in 26 fewer games than Bellinger. Yelich posted a higher wOBA than Bellinger (.442 to .415), a higher wRC+ (174 to 162), and a higher DRC+ (167 to 158).
If Yelich ends up getting docked in the MVP voting for the games he missed, he may still have a good shot at repeating as the Hank Aaron Award winner based on the offensive numbers he was able to put up when he was in the lineup.
You can vote on the official MLB site.