In a disappointing season for the Boston Red Sox, the productive years of Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers did warrant some MVP recognition.
Bogaerts finished fifth in the American League MVP voting (The Angels' Mike Trout was your winner for the third time in six years), Betts, who won the award a year ago, was eighth and Devers 12th in the voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Bogaerts hit .309 with 33 homers, 52 doubles and 117 RBI; Devers .311, 32 HR, 54 doubles and 115 RBI. They became the first teammates to ever reach the 30-homer/50-doubles mark in the same season. The numbers for Betts (.295, 30 HR, 80 RBI), the subject of trade rumors this offseason, were considered by many to be a down year for him.
The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger was voted National League MVP.
Justin Long, the Sox Senior Manager of Media Relations and Baseball Information, points out that having three players in the top 12 is the best showing for the Red Sox since 2011:
Red Sox' 2019 AL MVP Finishes:— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) November 15, 2019
5. Xander Bogaerts
8. Mookie Betts
12. Rafael Devers
T21. J.D. Martinez
Prior to 2019, the last time the Sox had 3 players finish in the top 12 was 2011 (Ellsbury-2nd, Gonzalez-7th, Pedroia-9th).
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