An MVP and window breaker
It’s not often that a ballplayer has the police called on him for doing his job.
But that’s exactly what happened to Christian Yelich early last month during batting practice at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where one of his titanic blasts cleared the right field stands and smashed the window of a boat moored just beyond in the Allegheny River. Once everyone figured out who the offender was, no charges were filed and Yelich remained a free man. No word on who paid for the repair.
But that incident merely adds to the legend of Yelich that has done nothing but grow since he arrived with the Milwaukee Brewers from the Miami Marlins via a January 2018 salary dump trade. That year, he fairly blossomed, batting .326 with 36 home runs, 110 RBIs, a .402 on-base percentage and a 1.000 OPS, numbers that garnered him the National League MVP Award and nearly the Triple Crown. This season, it’s been more of the same – and arguably better – as at the All-Star break he was hitting .329 with 31 homers, 67 RBIs, a .433 OBP and a monstrous OPS of 1.140.
This from someone who had solid but not Ted Williams-like stats in his five previous seasons in South Florida. And at 27, he’s firmly in his prime years, so there’s no reason to believe this isn’t the real Yelich.
He can be seen in action Saturday, Aug. 17, when the Brewers pay a visit to the Washington Nationals in a game airing on Fox Sports 1.
Name: Christian Stephen Yelich
Birth date: Dec. 5, 1991
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Height/weight: 6 feet 3 inches/195 pounds
Teams: Miami Marlins (2013-17); Milwaukee Brewers (2018-present)
Position: Right field
Honors and achievements: NL MVP Award (2018); NL batting champion (2018); Gold Glove Award (2014); a two-time All-Star (2018, 2019); two-time Silver Slugger Award (2016, 2018); NL Hank Aaron Award (2018)