He also hit 32 home runs and stole 30 bases making him the only 30-30 batting champ in league history.
Betts, who just turned 26, was drafted by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 draft as a high schooler out of Tennessee. In doing so, Betts also became the first batting champion in Major League Baseball history to record a 30-30 season (32 homers and 30 steals).
Yelich received 29 first-place votes and 415 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Thursday. In 651 plate appearances, he turned in a.326/.402/.598 batting line with 36 home runs and 22 steals. Judge would've been a more serious MVP candidate this year had he not missed seven weeks with a fractured wrist.
In a year in which he became a world champion and a father, the MVP adds an exclamation point for the dynamic five-tool right fielder and leadoff hitter, who became the first Red Sox to win the award since Dustin Pedroia in 2008.
Betts, second to Trout in the 2016 vote, raised his profile when he fed homeless people on the steps of Boston's Public Library after the second game of the World Series. His fourth-place finish previous year - when he played 114 games - was his worst in his seven seasons. Trout has two MVPs, four second place finishes, and one fourth place finish in his seven big league seasons. Indians infielder Jose Ramirez turned in a second consecutive third-place finish. He was toe-to-toe with Betts and Trout through August 14, when the Indians' second baseman was hitting.305/.414/.640 with 36 home runs and 89 RBIs.
Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez received one first-place vote and came in third.
In the Triple Crown race, Yelich fell short by only a pair of home runs and a single RBI.
In the end, however, the voters rewarded Betts' all-around brilliance.
"This is definitely one of the best organizations in baseball, I can't ask to be part of a more historic organization with the fan base the way they are", Betts said.
He became the first Red Sox player to win the batting title since Bill Mueller in 2003, and his 1.078 OPS ranks 14th in team history, trailing nine seasons from Ted Williams, two from Jimmie Foxx, and one each from Babe Ruth and Manny Ramirez.