Angels' Mike Trout, Dodgers' Cody Bellinger win AL and NL MVP Awards

Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP

Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won AL's Most Valuable Player award, the third in his career. Justin Verlander took Cy Young honors, and Yordan Álvarez was a unanimous pick as the AL's top rookie.

The NL MVP Award adds to an already stuffed trophy case for Bellinger over his three Major League Baseball seasons, as the 24-year-old also won Rookie Of The Year honors in 2017, has two All-Star appearances to his name, and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards earlier this fall. Bregman was the runner-up with 13 first-place votes and 335 points, and Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was a distant third with 228 points.

Asked if he thought the early end to his year might cost him the MVP award, Trout said, "It definitely did".

Bregman, 25, tied for third in the AL with 41 homers and came in fifth in the league with 112 RBIs. Bellinger also saw some time at first base, adding to his versatility and making him the most unsafe of the Dodgers' several multi-position weapons.

Bregman played in 156 games, and that extra availability helped him match Trout in wins above replacement, a stat that always reflects well on the Los Angeles outfielder. Again, availability was an issue.

The Brewers' late-season surge to make the postseason without Yelich may have dented his case slightly. It was too late for the MVP award, but not too late to increase his value in free agency.

Having long since earned the mantle of best player in the game, Trout is still unearthing new facets and improving in ways small and large. Trout hit a career-best 45 homers while also batting.291/.438/.645 over 600 PA - his on-base percentage led the majors, while his slugging percentage and OPS led the American League.

Bellinger and Brewers star Yelich - the 2018 NL MVP - had been locked in a home run-race all year.

Bellinger, who has concluded only three seasons, joined Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe as the only players in Dodgers history to be named the Rookie of the Year and the MVP.

Rendon is another NL contender. The voting is done before the playoffs, so Rendon's postseason performance won't be a factor, but he'd already done plenty before that.

Offensively, Bellinger finished the season with a.305/.406/.629 batting line to go along with 47 homers, 115 RBIs, 95 walks and 15 stolen bases.

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