LOS ANGELES – Christian Yelich scored .326 with 36 homeruns and 110 RBIs and led the National League on average and in stroke rate. JD Martinez hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, leading the majors in RBIs and total bases.
Manny Machado's animated second base display during Game 2 dropped the Red Sox, with pitching coach Dana LeVangie saying she believed the Dodgers shortstop tried to pitch. Both seasons would fit perfectly with the best seasons of Hank Aaron's career, so it's fitting the two All-Stars and MVP contestants are the 201
Just do not tell Aaron that Yelich and Martinez have deleted more than 100 times this season. Aaron reminded everyone of a press conference at Dodger Stadium that he never canceled 100 times in one season. To be fair, he also joked that he told Willie Mays that with all those throwers who would throw 100 mph, they would play in class D if they were active today.
On the 20th anniversary of the first Hank Aaron Award 1999 Yelich became the second Brewers player to win with Prince 2007 winner 2007 Fielder. Martinez is the fourth Red Sox player to win alongside Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis. Ramirez and Ortiz are two-time winners.
Both Yelich and Martinez were added to their teams out of season, Yelich came off the Marlins in a trade, and Martinez signed on to the Red Sox as a free agent. Yelich said it would not be easy to move to a new club when his expectations for big numbers were high.
"I think that's something that stays with you from the start," he said. "I just want to make a contribution, and in my case, I came to a team that was a game away from the playoffs, and my goal was to be the one they acted against – no more, no less – and easy." "It was an incredible year, it was a lot of fun and we came away from the World Series game."
Yelich was even more than the Brewers could have hoped. he is also the most likely NL MVP, thanks in large part to a second monster half in which he reached .367 / .449 / .770 with 25 homers and 67 RBIs in 64 games. His September was for eternity when he hit .370, 804 strokes and drove in 34 runs as the Brewers won the NL Central after defeating the Cubs in the tiebreaker.
Yelich also missed a triple crown and ended in a draw for third in homeruns (only two behind Nolan Arenado) and for second place in RBIs (one behind Javier Baez). Martinez also had a shot at the Triple Crown in the last month before teammate Mookie Betts pulled ahead in the American League batting race ahead of him and Khris Davis's A got hot and won the homerun crown 48-43.
During Yelich's November With more hardware ending, Martinez is targeting the World Series Trophy. He switched from DH to the left field for Game 3 and said that a sprained ankle he suffered in Game 1 is good enough to keep playing.
"The coaches tested me through a bit of training," he said. "And it's obvious that it's a bit uncomfortable, but I feel good about playing."