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Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich win AL and NL MVP awards

Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich win AL and NL MVP awards

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts became the latest player to deny Mike Trout a third American League MVP award, while Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and Thousand Oaks native Christian Yelich captured the National League MVP in a nearly unanimous vote.

Betts joins elite company among those who have stood in Trout’s way since the Angels outfielder debuted in 2012: Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera finished just ahead of Trout in 2012 and 2013, while former Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson forced Trout into second in 2015. Trout won in 2014 and 2016, finishing fourth in 2017.

Trout had to settle for a fourth second-place finish in 2018, which ties a record he shares with...

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