After a historic 40/70 season, Ronald Acuna Jr. has rightfully been awarded the NL MVP, and it was of the unanimous variety.
A historic season of power and speed unlike any other.
Ronald Acuña Jr. is the 2023 National League Most Valuable Player! pic.twitter.com/bW0OMiEoIG
— MLB (@MLB) November 16, 2023
For the second time in four years, the Braves have an MVP after Freddie Freeman won it in 2020. This marks the ninth time that a Braves player has won the award.
Freeman and his current teammate Mookie Betts rounded out the top three in voting with Betts giving Acuna a run for his money in the last couple of months of the season.
However, the Venezuelan superstar never slumped and eventually made history by reaching the 40 home run and 70 steal mark, prompting every single voter to give him a first-place nod.
He’s been one of the best players in the National League for some time now and was well on his way to winning the 2021 MVP had he not torn his ACL. A disappointing 2022 campaign followed, making some skeptical of how the injury would impact his career.
Acuna showed up this season and left little doubt who the best player on the planet was. He finished with .337/.416/.596 (168 OPS+) slash line to pair with 41 home runs and 73 stolen bases. It was a historic season that deserves to be remembered forever.
40/70 is a mark that probably will never be reached again… unless, of course, Ronald Acuna decides to top it himself.
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