Brewers: Christian Yelich 2019 Season Report Card
Coming off an amazing MVP winning season, Brewers star Christian Yelich was ready to come back in 2019 for that back-to-back title and show the fans why he won the MVP award in the first place.
Christian Yelich spent his first five years in the major league with the Miami Marlins until he was traded in January 2018 for outfielders Monte Harrison and Lewis Brinson, infielder Isan Diaz, and RHP Jordan Yamamoto. Safe to say, probably one of the best deals the Brewers have made in a long while.
In his first year alone Yelich smashed 36 homers, drove in 110 runs, and stole 22 bases; Basically making him the face of the Brewers’ franchise by the end of the 2018 season. But, to make a long story about his 2018 season short, Yelich was basically the best player in the franchise and possibly one of the best in the entire league. His amazing 2018 brought him the NL MVP award, something that hadn’t been won by a Brewer since Ryan Braun in 2011.
2019 Season Grade: A-
Yelich definitely deserves the grade given after coming off an amazing season.
With the MVP pressure on Yelich’s shoulders, going into the 2019 season was his time to shine and he did just that. Due to an unfortunate freak accident, costing Yelich’s season, his fractured kneecap would hinder him from going into postseason with his team.
Prior to his injury, Yelich posted 44 homeruns, a 1.100 OPS, a .329 batting average, 30 stolen bases, and 97 RBI’s. Yelich was well on his way to getting another back-to-back MVP title, which is still possible, despite being out of the game for almost a month. He was on his way towards a 50/30 season, something that hadn’t been done in Major League history. Even after missing nine games due to back issues, Yelich did not disappoint this season.
Finishing off his 2019 season pretty early, Yelich is still in the running to win the NL MVP, making him the first to be back-to-back since Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009. Dodgers superstar Cody Bellinger and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon are also contenders for the NL MVP, but with Yelich winning back-to-back batting titles, it’s likely that he could claim the NL MVP award for the 2019 season as well.
Yelich brought home his second batting title, making him the first to get a back-to-back batting title since Miguel Cabrera who got the AL Batting Title in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also is a back-to-back Hank Aaron Award winner, making him the second Brewer to ever receive the award. Prince Fielder was the first back in 2007.
Hoping 2020 will be another fantastic season for Yelich, as he hardly disappoints his fans, and the fans sure love him being in Milwaukee, repping the Brewers on his chest.