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“The Chase Is On”: Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. Edges Past Mookie Betts as Cliffhanger MVP Race Nears Epic Climax

Published 09/20/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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The chase for MVP has never been more enthralling. With the Atlanta Braves’ gem spurring his game with homers the 25-year-old is stiffening the competition. There have been predictions of who is going to be the National League MVP, but the tables are turning as the end is nearing its climax. It’s time to redo the calculations. 

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Ronald Acuna Jr. is on a whim with his performances. The latest homer in Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies is proof of how he has taken matters into his own hands. It is impossible to ignore the fact that Los Angeles Dodgers’, (current) most potent contender, has his spot in danger. 

The MVP Tug Of War With Close Contender Gets Tighter


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In the 9-3 win that the Atlanta Braves had against the Phillies, Acuna hit 2 home runs on his bobblehead night. Not only that, he stole his 67th base which puts him only one long ball short of becoming the first 40-60 player of the Majors. Acuna told the reporters, “I just thank God I’ve been able to stay healthy. I feel like if I am healthy I am able to do the things I’ve done”.

With that, Acuna has redefined healthy competition for the 2018 MVP Mookie Betts. Betts, whose stellar performance catapulted the Dodgers to the top of the National League West needs to buckle up for a tough fight. No one could be more excited about this than the fans. 


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In the MVP tug of war, victory tilts toward Ronald Acuna’s side as he tallies his season’s home to a commendable 39. Fans are cheering on! 

Fans Have So Much To Say About Ronald Acuna Jr.

Screaming MVP! MVP! MVP! fans display the passion with which they root for the Braves Venezuelan outfielder. 

One fan confidently claimed that the race was “over

Some fans could not believe how he accomplished such an amazing feat, “unbelievable season

A few others expressed how this was the “best year to be a Braves fan

With this incredible feat, fans started adding more laurels to Acuna’s name. 


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Amidst all cheers, the race for MVP between Ronald Acuna and Mookie Betts remains a cliffhanger. One can only wait and watch whether it will be Atlanta or Los Angeles. 


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Written by:

Kanishka Prakash


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Kanishka Prakash is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She comes from an engineering college background and possesses prior experience in the business sector. Her affection for sports burgeoned during her adolescence, with MLB particularly captivating her attention.
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Abigail Kevichusa