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IBWAA Selects Bellinger and Trout In 2019 MVP Vote

Los Angeles – The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced the winners in its Most Valuable Player category Thursday, with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger winning the group’s National League award, and Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, being selected in the American League.

This is the 11th annual election for the IBWAA in the MVP category.

Election results are as follows:

AL MVP

1st Place: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1629 points

2nd Place: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros – 1143

3rd Place: Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics – 613

4th Place: D.J. LeMahieu, New York Yankees – 578

5th Place: Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics – 423

6th Place: Xavier Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox – 415

7th Place: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox – 341

8th Place: George Springer, Houston Astros – 291

9th Place: Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox – 286

10th Place: Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros – 254

NL MVP

1st Place: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1422 points

2nd Place: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers – 1283

3rd Place: Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals – 969

4th Place: Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks – 677

5th Place: Ronald Acuna, Jr., Atlanta Braves – 572

6th Place: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies – 334

7th Place: Pete Alonso, New York Mets – 315

8th Place: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves – 286

9th Place: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets – 206

10th Place: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals – 172

Trout received 101 of 127 first-place votes (79.53%). Others receiving first-place votes include Bregman, with 17 (13.39%), LeMahieu (6, 4.72%), Semien (1, 0.79%) and Cole (0.79).

Bellinger received 69 first-place votes (55.65%). Others receiving first-place votes include Yelich, with 41 (33.06%), Rendon (11, 8.87%) and Acuna (3, 2.42%).

Ballot tabulations by Brian Wittig & Associates, using the Borda Method.

The IBWAA was established July 4, 2009 to organize and promote the growing online baseball media, and to serve as a digital alternative to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Voting for full season awards takes place in September of each year, with selections being announced in November. The IBWAA also holds a Hall of Fame election in December of each year, with results being announced the following January.

Among others, IBWAA members include Jim Bowden, Pedro Moura, Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris, The Athletic; Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports; Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports Hardball Talk; Bill Chuck, Billy-Ball.com; Chris De Luca, Chicago Sun-Times; Jon Heyman, Fancred; Tyler Kepner, New York Times; Danny Knobler, Bleacher Report; Kevin Kennedy; Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated; Brian Kenny, MLBN; Will Leitch, New York Magazine; Bruce Markusen, Hardball Times; Ross Newhan; Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com; Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times; J.P. Hoornstra Los Angeles Daily News; Tracy Ringolsby, MLB.com; David Schoenfield, ESPN.com; Bill Arnold and Joseph Posnanski.

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