The Baseball Writers Association of America announced both league's Most Valuable Player Award winners on Thursday evening. In the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger took home the trophy over fellow finalists Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (who won last year) and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Bellinger, 24, hit .305/.406/.629 (169 OPS+) with 47 home runs and 15 stolen bases. He posted those numbers while seeing time in right field (115 appearances), at first base (36), and even in center (25). Bellinger's combination of hitting, defense (he was the NL Gold Glove winner in right field), and base-running resulted in nine Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball-Reference's calculation. That total led all of Major League Baseball.