Christian Yelich is having himself one heck of a career transformation in the last calendar year. Since the 2018 All-Star break the Milwaukee Brewers star is putting up numbers that Major League Baseball has not seen since the prime of Barry Bonds. As if the world needed more proof Yelich was named as the best MLB player at the 2019 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night.
The facts simply don’t lie, Yelich’s stats over the last calendar year are only comparable to very few players ever, even though some of the players may have cheated to get there. In Barry Bonds second best season (2000) he hit .306 with 49 homers and 106 RBIs.
Since the second half of the 2018 season Yelich is hitting .346 with 56 homers and 134 RBIs. If that took place over the course of one season, it would most likely be the second greatest offensive year of all time behind Bonds 73 home run year.
What makes this all the more impressive is that up until the second half of last season Christian Yelich did not seem like the perennial MVP candidate he is proving to be.
However, not only does Yelich’s power continue to impress but he hits for average as well, to go along with his major league leading 31 homers this season he also is hitting .329. Before his power surge in the second half of the 2018 season Yelich’s career high in homers was only 21, he credits the increase in power to standing higher in his batting stance.
If Yelich does get to 60 home runs this year (which he may do as long as his back issues don’t continue to flare up) there would be no better promotion for the Milwaukee Brewers
There is no person more humble about his success, also Yelich might be one of the only players to reach the 60 home run milestone without the assistance of PEDs in recent memory.
One thing is for certain whatever Yelich has done to reinvent himself may end up in him putting up Hall of Fame numbers for seasons to come. And as an added bonus he gets to stick it to Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins organization year after year.