Atlanta Braves News: The Atlanta chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America votes on the Brave of the Year each season. This year’s vote was unanimous according to a tweet by AJC Braves’ beat writer Justin Toscano.
Ronald Acuna Jr. was the unanimous vote in a season that saw Matt Olson break the franchise home run and RBI records. Most seasons, Olson’s stats would make him an easy choice for MVP but not with his teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. around.
Acuna has become the fifth player to ever have a 40-homer, 40-steal season. He is the third player to ever have 30 homers and 50 steals in a season. He is also the only player to ever have a 40-homer, 70-steal season.
A Sign of How BWAA Will Vote in NL MVP Balloting?
This unanimous vote can be interpreted as a sign of how the BWAA will vote in the NL MVP Award polling. Acuna has had one of the greatest seasons in MLB history. He is one steal away from setting the Braves single-season franchise record with 73 steals. He is currently tied with Otis Nixon for the franchise record of 72 after he swiped two bags in last night’s loss to the Nationals.
Acuna Jr. is also tied with Mookie Betts for most RBI in a season by a leadoff hitter. This record was previously held by Charlie Blackmon, who set the mark in 2017. Betts held the record for about a week before Acuna tied him at 106 last night.