LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – Major League Baseball’s two most valuable players this season are in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger is the National League’s MVP after edging the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich, while Angels centerfielder Mike Trout has won his third AL MVP award.
Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Yelich got 10 first-place votes, and Washington’s 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.
Despite the Dodgers falling short of their goal to return to the World Series, Bellinger was the best player on the NL’s top team in the regular season, propelling Los Angeles 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.
The Dodgers congratulated Bellinger on Twitter.
🗣MVP. MVP. MVP.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 14, 2019
Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston 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.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) November 14, 2019