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Winning batting titles on the final day of the season was rewarding.
'I couldn't sleep last night, just thinking and thinking about it,' Arraez said after edging the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge on Wednesday to become American League batting champion. 'I'm living a dream right now. This is amazing for me because I worked hard for this.'
Aaron Judge (center) narrowly lost a triple crown to Luis Arraez (right), who finished the year with a .316 batting average
Arraez hit a double against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday evening to claim the prize
Arraez finished with a .316 average after going 1 for 1 with a pair of walks against the Chicago White Sox, the lowest average for an AL batting champion since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski at .301 in 1968. Correa gave him the luxury luggage on Wednesday.
'He sets an example for us,' Arraez said. 'He's a leader, and I love that guy a lot.'
Judge was held out by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, a day after hitting his AL record 62nd home run to break the mark Roger Maris set in 1961. Judge missed out on a Triple Crown.
McNeil made it first-time batting champions in both leagues, his .326 average one point ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman.
McNeil sat out until the eighth inning of the regular-season finale against Washington and did not have a plate appearance. Needing to go 4 for 4 to catch McNeil, Freeman doubled and homered in his first two at-bats against Colorado.
'You get a little bit nervous,' McNeil said. 'Four hits is normal for him.'
Arraez's teammates congratulated him for having the best AL batting record after the 10-1 win
Arraez thanks fans for their yearlong support as he heads for the tunnel after the midweek win
Freeman's flyout to the warning track in center field in the fifth ended his hopes on a 3 for 4 afternoon.
'One of my goals in baseball is to win a batting title,' said McNeil, who topped .300 three times before slumping to .251 last year. 'I wanted to get back to who I am.'
Lindor couldn't recall the what prompted his auto promise.
'It's rare when McNeil is upset,' Lindor said. 'And I just said, 'If you win the batting title, I'll get you a car.′ So, yeah. it was a long time ago. Everybody has to make sure I haven't forgot, and everybody's making sure I buy him a car. I will get