Yankees' DJ LeMahieu Not Among AL MVP Finalists

Alex Greenberg
November 05, 2019 - 10:43 am

DJ LeMahieu had an incredible season for the Yankees, but apparently it wasn’t incredible enough.

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LeMahieu was a smash hit in his first year in the Bronx after moving from Colorado as a free agent. He was one of the best hitters in the league, but also produced in the field in a few different positions for a Yankees team that came so close to reaching the World Series.

Still, despite all that, LeMahieu is not one of three finalists for the American League MVP award. Instead, the finalists are Mike Trout, Alex Bregman and Marcus Semien.

LeMahieu can feel aggrieved at not having made the list of candidates for the award. In 2019, he hit .327 with 26 home runs and 102 RBIs. He was also a candidate for a Gold Glove award at second base, but that ultimately went to Chicago’s Yolmer Sanchez.

That type of production was not expected from LeMahieu before the season. He joined the Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, but it was unclear just how many opportunities he would get to show his stuff. But a crowded Yankees roster was thinned out quite a bit by injuries during the campaign, and LeMahieu seized his chance.

The 31-year-old had a tremendous season, and even carried his production and clutch hitting over to the postseason. This snub might now serve as motivation for LeMahieu heading into next year.

Trout, Bregman and Semien all had impressive campaigns as well, but it’s unfortunate that LeMahieu won’t get this sort of recognition for all that he accomplished in his first year at Yankee Stadium.

The finalists for the NL MVP award are Cody Bellinger, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich.