After a 2018 regular season that included a batting title, an American League high 129 runs scored, lead all of baseball in slugging %, 32 homers, 30 stolen bases, a silver slugger, gold glove, and oh yeah for good measure in October he helped the Red Sox end their 4 year World Series drought!
Markus Lynn Betts (MY favorite player in baseball) is the American League MVP. What's truly remarkable is Mookie was able to put up those numbers while missing nearly a months worth of games over the course of the season.
Mookie was able to accept the award with what looks like his entire family and circle of friends while holding his new born daughter.
I'm tellin ya, it's time to party! Mookie Betts is the American League MVP and arguably the best baseball player on the planet.
In 2018 Mookie was able to put himself in some very elite company, anytime you accomplish something that only the great Michael Jack Schmidt did you know had a great season.
I'm just really glad to see Mike Trout not win. No disrespect to Mike Trout, he's an amazing baseball player, and what he's accomplished in his career so far would already put him in Cooperstown if he woke up tomorrow and was like I'm all set with this life thing. But to me, I know the nerds don't wanna hear it, but the MVP should be on at least a competitive team. I'm sorry, but that matters to me. Fuck your computer-only thought process. Obviously there are some exceptions, but to me what Mookie has done...playing in Boston, in a playoff race, is much, much more impressive than Mike Trout just racking up numbers on an irrelevant team with no aspirations of success. Ohhhh he walks a lot on a 3rd place team, guys!
2018 was simply Mookie's year. Both on and off the diamond.
Sure, in October he might've struggled a little bit, but he picked a perfect time to break out of an 0-13 slump, extending the Red Sox lead against one of the greatest pitchers of this generation in the game that ultimately won his team a championship.
Red Sox players past and present were quick to congratulate him on his historic 2018 season.
(technically from before he won, but Brock Holt's son is the cutest kid on earth so of course I'm not excluding it from this post)
Now lock this man up for the next decade, @redsox.