From game one and through the postseason, the finalists for the 2018 Players Choice Awards Player of the Year have overachieved this season on the diamond.
Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich make up the finalists for the award.
Voted by all players in the majors regardless of league, Betts, Martinez and Yelich were voted as having the best on-field performance in 2018. All three finalists are also finalists for the Outstanding Player Award in their respective leagues.
Finalists for Comeback Player, Outstanding Rookie, Outstanding Pitcher and Outstanding Players in each league were previously announced. The finalists for Marvin Miller Man of the Year will be announced on Nov. 13.
Winners for all 10 Players Choice Awards will be announced on Nov. 27.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
MOOKIE BETTS, Boston Red Sox
Mookie Betts, a dynamic 5-foot-9 right-fielder from Nashville, Tenn., was catalyst offensively and defensively for the 2018 World Series champions, batting a league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 129 runs, 80 RBIs and a 1.078 OPS. A three-time All-Star, the 26-year-old Betts also stole 30 bases in 36 attempts in his fifth season with the Red Sox and his 10.4 fWAR was the best in baseball.
J.D. MARTINEZ, Boston Red Sox
After signing a five-year deal with the Red Sox as a free agent last offseason, J.D. Martinez promptly helped lead his new club to a World Series title in 2018. He compiled 5.9 fWAR while slashing .330/.402/.629 with 43 home runs and leading the majors with 130 RBIs and 358 total bases. Splitting time between corner outfield positions and designated hitter, the 31-year-old South Florida native was also named to the second All-Star Game of his eight-year career.
CHRISTIAN YELICH, Milwaukee Brewers
Christian Yelich joined the Brewers in a trade this winter and powered the club to the NL Central title with a second-half surge. The 26-year-old outfielder from Southern California made a strong run for the Triple Crown and ended up as the Brewers’ first batting champion (.326) while hitting 36 homers and driving in 110 runs. He led the NL with a .598 slugging percentage and a 1.000 OPS. In 2018, Yelich twice hit for the cycle and was selected for his first All-Star Game.
The winners of each of the 10 Players Choice Awards will be announced on the evening of Nov. 27.
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