Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger named MVPs; Cubs shut out of NL balloting while Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada of the White Sox receive votes in the AL

Chicago Tribune Sports 3 weeks ago

Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award.

Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger beat out defending MVP winner Christian Yelich of the Brewers for the NL prize.

Jose Abreu of the White Sox finished 19th in American League voting with five points after appearing on two ballots in seventh and 10th place. Teammate Yoan Moncada received one 10th-place vote to tie for 21st place with four other players.

No Cubs players were among the 23 to receive votes in the National League.

Trout received 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.

Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs.

The 28-year-old shined even following the death of close friend and teammate Tyler Skaggs on July 1. Trout smashed a 454-foot homer wearing Skaggs' No. 45 in the team's first game back, when LA pitchers threw a combined no-hitter.

Trout is the 10th three-time MVP and joins an elite group: Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt. Bonds is the only player with more than three MVPs; he won seven.

Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes in NL balloting. Yelich received 10 first-place votes, and the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third.

The 24-year-old Bellinger and his loose, left-handed swing launched 47 home runs with a .305 average, 115 RBIs and a 1.035 OPS.

He was the best player on the NL’s top team in the regular season, propelling the Dodgers to 106 wins. He’s the 10th different Dodgers player to win MVP and first since Clayton Kershaw in 2014.

Bellinger teared up after learning he’d been chosen, getting emotional especially after hugging his father, former big-leaguer Clay Bellinger.


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