Mookie Betts had an unbelievable 2018 season for the Boston Red Sox, and he was recognized for his excellent campaign Thursday when he was named American League MVP.
The star outfielder hit .346 with 32 home runs, 80 RBIs, 129 runs scored and 30 stolen bases while slugging .640 and generating a 1.078 OPS. Betts also won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and led Major League Baseball with a WAR of 10.9 while leading the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series title.
And he achieved a little bit of history with his latest #feat.
Markus Lynn Betts became the 11th member of the Red Sox to take home the award, joining an impressive list of Dustin Pedroia (2008), Mo Vaughn (1995), Roger Clemens (1986), Jim Rice (1978), Fred Lynn (1975), Carl Yastrzemski (1967), Jackie Jensen (1958), Ted Williams (1946, ’49), Jimmie Foxx (1938) and Tris Speaker (1912).
The 25-year-old received 28 first-place votes and two second-place votes to take home the hardware. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout came in second place.
Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez received one first-place vote and came in third.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich took home the National League MVP.
The damage is officially done for the 2018 Red Sox.
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