Cubs infielder Javier Baez

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Cubs' Javier Baez Finishes As NL MVP Runner-Up

The Brewers' Christian Yelich won, garnering 29 of 30 first-place votes.

November 15, 2018 - 5:24 pm

(670 The Score) Cubs infielder Javier Baez's career year left wasn't quite enough to garner the highest individual honor in the league.

Baez finished a distant second to Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich in the National League Most Valuable Player voting, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Thursday evening. Yelich was a nearly unanimous winner, garnering 29 of 30 possible first-place votes. Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom secured the other first-place vote.

Yelich finished with 415 points in the vote. Baez took second with 250 points, ahead of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who had 203 points. Baez appeared on every ballot in some place, with 19 second-place votes, four third-place votes, five fourth-place votes and two fifth-place votes.

The heartbeat of the Cubs, Baez hit .290 with 34 homers, an NL-leading 111 RBIs, an .881 OPS and 21 stolen bases in 2018. All of those marks were career-high numbers. Baez also was a Gold Glove finalist at second base.

Yelich led the NL with a .326 batting average and also had 36 homers and 110 RBIs, narrowly missing out on the Triple Crown by two homers and one RBI. Yelich had a 1.000 OPS. His second-half surge led the Brewers as they rallied past the Cubs to win the NL Central crown.

Arenado hit .297 with an NL-best 38 homers and 110 RBIs. He had a .935 OPS.