Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez or Christian Yelich for MVP? The choice is obvious

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Chicago Cubs: There’s no one in the game quite like ‘El Mago’

What can we say about Javier Baez that hasn’t already been said?

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The Puerto Rican-born standout is becoming an absolute stud – on both sides of the ball. He’s always been fun to watch. There’s no one better at slapping down lightning-quick tags on would-be base stealers. I’m yet to see anyone swing with as much raw power and ferocity and actually turn it into something. And let’s not forget his smart, sometimes borderline reckless, base running skills that somehow seem to work out.

This season, Baez has done everything asked of him – and then some. In

In 2018 however, Baez has put it all together and then some. In 153 games this season, Baez is hitting .292 with 34 home runs and 110 RBI. Although he won’t break the 30-30 barrier, he’s thrown in 21 stolen bases for good measure while he’s at it.

As far as league leaders? El Mago is tied for second in home runs, and ranks second in triples and slugging percentage. That’s not to mention he leads the National League in runs batted in and total bases, as well.

He’s done of this while continuing to player Gold Glove-caliber defense at second base, shortstop and third base. What more can you ask for, really?