The Baseball Writers Association of America passed this test with flying colors. We have our expected National League and American League Most Valuable Player award winners.
First came Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich, who tore it up all year and helped the Brew Crew reach the NLCS before they fell one game short of the World Series.
Cubs slugger Javy Baez and Rockies star Nolan Arenado didn't even register a first-place vote. Jacob deGrom did, though!
Yelich batted .326/.402/.598 with 118 runs scored, 36 home runs, 110 RBI and 22 stolen bases. He led the NL in batting average, OPS (1.000), OPS+ (164), total bases (343), and repped a 7.3 WAR. The writers LOVE that!
In the American League, as we expected, it was Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts. Enjoy life, Red Sox fans. It feels like this year is NEVER going to end for the rest of us.
Mookie's third straight All-Star selection coincided with a World Series victory, a Gold Glove, and now AL MVP. He slashed .346/.438/.640 with a league-leading 129 runs scored, 32 home runs, 80 RBI and 30 stolen bases. And he only struck out 91 times!
Why yes, yes it does.
That's what we call a year, folks. These two guys undoubtedly deserved the 2018 honors, and they got it. Cheers to baseball.