After receiving the prestigious Hank Aaron Award for the NL last year, Milwaukee Brewers superstar Christian Yelich has been selected as the recipient once again for the best offensive player in the National League.
It’s no surprise to hear that 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich has claimed another title for the 2019 season. After receiving his batting title for the second year in a row, he was also up for the Hank Aaron Award once again for this season and on October 23rd, it was announced that Yelich would receive the NL Hank Aaron Award and Mike Trout would receive it for the American League. The last and only other Milwaukee Brewers player to receive the Hank Aaron Award was Prince Fielder back in 2007.
After a freak accident cut Yelich’s season short, some thought that he wouldn’t even come near to claiming titles if he wasn’t going to be playing or helping his team clinch a postseason berth. But Yelich defeated all odds and ended up claiming top spots in several categories in the game of baseball. Coming in fourth place with 44 home runs, Yelich also had a 40/30 season (40 home runs, 30 stolen bases), making him the 10th in all of major league baseball to accomplish such. Something that hadn’t been accomplished by a Brewer since Ryan Braun in 2012.
In his amazing 2019 season, Yelich led the league in every category, posting .329 in batting average which rightfully earned him his back-to-back batting title, an OPS of 1.100, slugging average of .629, .429 on base percentage and a 7.3 offensive WAR. Even being out for the last month of the regular 2019 season, no one could top Christian in his monumental statistics. Not only that, but Yelich did win NL player of the week twice, once in the week of March 31st and April 21st.
What’s Next for Yelich?
Yelich is expected to make a full recovery from his fractured kneecap; already off of crutches and out of the sleeve, walking around like it never happened. According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reporter Tom Haudricourt, Yelich said he has “a couple more weeks of rehab, then it’s back to normal”, he noted that, “All the bad scenarios and all that, it’ll be like it never happened when spring training starts, which is cool. Got very lucky in that respect.”
Milwaukee Brewers fans are expecting Yelich to come back hotter and better than ever before after this career hindering injury. It won’t be announced until after the World Series who the MVP for the National League will be, but by the looks of it, Yelich could very well come home with another back-to-back title for this season.