Martinez, Betts' Boston teammate, finished fourth - including one first-place vote from Dave Campbell of The Associated Press - after hitting.330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs and finishing with 6.4 WAR. Betts also won a second Silver Slugger Award this year. After four full seasons, the trophy further legitimizes Betts' already secure spot on center stage as one of the top five players in the majors and arguably the face of baseball's future.
"Yeah, it's been a pretty good 2018", Betts said on MLB Network.
"I'm thankful it all worked out because being traded, you never know how it's going to be", Yelich said.
Betts provided more than numbers, however.More news: Deepika Padukone`s picture goes viral; is this her post-wedding look?
World Series champ, first-time father, three-time Gold Glover and Most Valuable Player of the American League.
The Rockies have now gone without an MVP victor since 1997 when Larry Walker took home the award.
The voting was not that close.
Betts received 28 first-place votes and 410 points, easily outdistancing two-time MVP Mike Trout (265 points) of the Angels and third baseman Jose Ramirez (208) of the Indians. As a result, he became a more unsafe and powerful hitter, setting highs in home runs (32), doubles (47), runs (129), stolen bases (30), batting average (.346), on-base percentage (.438) and slugging percentage (.630). As good as he was in 2016, when he hit 31 homers and drove in a career-high 113 runs en route to a second-place finish behind Trout, Betts took his game to another level this season. He led all players with +10.4 fWAR and +10.9 bWAR.More news: Any health data for sale? Google is ready to slurp it up
Yelich, who led the Brewers to a National League-leading 96 regular season wins and a return to the NL championship series for the first time since 2011, received 29 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for the award.
He became the first Red Sox player to win the batting title since Bill Mueller in 2003, and his 1.078 OPS ranks 14th in team history, trailing nine seasons from Ted Williams, two from Jimmie Foxx, and one each from Babe Ruth and Manny Ramirez.
Betts is the only player in Major League Baseball history to steal 20-plus bases and hit 40-plus doubles in four consecutive seasons.More news: Draymond Green Is ‘Moving Forward’ From Incident With Kevin Durant