Brewers’ Yelich wins second career Silver Slugger award

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 04:  Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a homerun to score Lorenzo Cain #6 (not pictured) in the third inning of Game One of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on October 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Christian Yelich will need to make room in his trophy case. A lot more room.

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Major League Baseball announced Thursday the Brewers star outfielder was awarded a Silver Slugger for the second time in his career, one week before he’s expected to be named National League MVP.

Yelich had an incredible season at the plate in 2018, finishing just two homers and one RBI shy of the triple crown. He led the National League in average (.326), slugging (.598), OPS (1.000) and total bases (343).

Yelich also took home a Silver Slugger in 2016 when he hit .298/.376/.483 while playing outfield for the Miami Marlins.

Javier Baez, considered Yelich’s closest competition for the NL MVP award, won a Silver Slugger at second base.

NATIONAL LEAGUE SILVER SLUGGER WINNERS

Catcher — J.T. Realmuto, Miami

First base — Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona

Second base — Javier Baez, Chicago

Third base — Nolan Arenado, Colorado

Shortstop — Trevor Story, Colorado

Outfield — Christian Yelich, Milwaukee

Outfield — David Peralta, Arizona

Outfield — Nick Markakis, Atlanta

Pitcher — German Marquez, Colorado