Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mookie Betts Is 'Runaway Choice' As Sporting News’ '18 MLB Player Of Year

Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts has been named as the Sporting News’ 2018 MLB Player Of The Year. The publication stated that Betts was the "runaway" choice—garnering 71.1% of the votes from 305 MLB players surveyed. Red Sox teammate J.D. Martinez finished second in the balloting—pulling in 22.3%. Next on the list was Milwaukee's Christian Yelich with 12.1% and Mike Trout with 6.6%. Ballots were sent out by The Sporting News in early September and a total of 19 players received votes—only one name was allowed per ballot. Mookie becomes just the fourth Boston player to win the award—along with Ted Williams (Sporting News Player of the Year five times), Carl Yastrzemski (1967) and Roger Clemens (1986). The Sporting News Player of the Year Award dates back to 1936. Congratulations, Mookie!