Monday, October 1, 2018

Mookie Betts Is Named As FenwayNation's 2018 "Player Of The Year"

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In most normal years, a guy that batted .330, slugged .629, hit 43 home runs and knocked in 130 would be a shoe-in to be honored as the best player on his team. Unfortunately for J.D. Martinez, a guy named Betts also donned Carmine Hose in 2018. The Editors of FenwayNation are pleased to name Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts as their 2018 Player Of The Year. The likely American League Most Valuable Player had an astonishing year—winning the AL batting title (.346), getting on-base at a .438 clip, homering 32 times and knocking in 80 runs from the lead-off spot in the order. Betts also slugged .640 and delivered an OPS of 1.078. Betts became a 30-30 player in 2018—swiping 30 bases, while only being caught six times. His intelligent aggression on the base-paths helped solidify a new weapon in Boston's offensive arsenal. Mookie's 47 doubles led the team and his 180 hits (in just 136 games) was second only to Martinez's 188. All in all, it was a year for the ages for Betts. Congratulations, Mookie, on being named FenwayNation's 2018 Player Of the Year!