2018 MLB Award Winners: AL, NL CY Young, MVP, Rookie of the Year

Six players were honored with the respective awards for their past season's work.

The 2018 MLB season has concluded and the Boston Red Sox added another championship to their collection. One of their stars has now claimed the AL MVP Award as well. Star player Mookie Betts joins five other players who were recognized for their 2018 seasons as either an MVP, CY Young, or Rookie of the Year award winners.


Mookie Betts (Red Sox) - AL MVP

Betts had the biggest season of any player and it was for the best team. He's now being considered as the best player in all of MLB. Betts had a career-high 129 runs scored along with a career high .346 batting average. He also hit 32 home runs and had 180 hits to help bring the Red Sox back to the postseason, and ultimately, another title for Boston.


Christian Yelich (Brewers) - NL MVP

Over in the National League, nobody was considered better than Yelich of the Brewers. He had 29 of 30 first-place votes to take home the award ahead of Mets' CY Young winner Jacob deGrom. After arriving to Milwaukee, via trade, he really increased his production. This past season, he had a .326 average along with 36 homers, 110 RBIs, 118 runs, and 22 steals.


Blake Snell (Rays) - AL CY Young

Pitching excellence in the American League came from a pitcher on a team that failed to make the postseason. However, it's far from Snell's fault. The Tampa Bay ace had a break out season in his third year in the league and with the team. He had an impressively low 1.89 ERA, with 221 strikeouts over 180 innings pitched. Snell finished with a record of 21-5 for the season on a team that was third in the AL East behind the Yankees and Red Sox.


Jacob deGrom (Mets) - NL CY Young

Jacob deGrom was also impressive over in the National League, leading him to the NL CY Young Award honor. He struck out 269 batters and had a super-low 1.70 ERA. His record was 10-9 due to bad run support, but he worked 217 innings of the season for the New York Mets.


Shohei Otani (Angels) - AL Rookie of the Year

In terms of MLB rookies, Otani was the "Sho" this season. The Los Angeles Angels had high hopes for him, and his future looks incredibly bright. Otani was a dual-player providing both pitching and batting for the Angels. However, he became injured and required Tommy John surgery, which took him away from the pitching mound. Still, he threw for over 51 innings, struck out 63, and recorded a 3.31 ERA. I addition, he was a .285 hitter with 22 home runs and 10 stolen bases this season.


Ronald Acuna (Braves) - NL Rookie of the Year

The Angels' Otani was such a major story, that some may have overlooked the Braves' Acuna. However, no rookie was better than him in the National League. Acuna appeared in 111 games for Atlanta and hit .293, along with 26 doubles and 26 homers in 487 appearances at the plate. He bested Juan Soto and Walker Buehler for the NL award.

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