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Rockies’ Arenado backs Christian Yelich for MVP

Christian Yelich

Christian Yelich’s first season with the Milwaukee Brewers was far and away his best in the major leagues, and he is likely going to be named National League MVP. In fact, even another candidate for the award thinks Yelich deserves to win it.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who will be facing Yelich in the NLDS, said Wednesday that his MVP vote would go to Yelich.

Yelich set career highs almost across the board with a .326 average, 36 home runs, 110 RBI and an OPS of 1.000. Arenado hit .297 with 38 homers, 110 RBI and a .935 OPS. Either player would be a good choice for MVP, but it’s admirable of Arenado to give his upcoming opponent the nod.

How good was Yelich’s season? So good that an incorrect call on a home run earlier in the season nearly cost him the Triple Crown. He certainly had an MVP-caliber year, and the Brewers are hoping it continues in the playoffs.

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