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Knowing all that, is it any wonder he called 2017 the best season of his career?
"I wanted this to be my piece de resistance,” he told MLB.com on the last day of the season. “I wanted this to be my work of art. I felt like shrinking strikeouts, keeping the walks, competing on a daily basis, playing every day, improving my defense. I felt this was definitely the best year of my career."
The Canadian even got a few influential people talking about him as an MVP candidate, as unlikely as winning it on a last-place team might be.