In early 2020, Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers inked a historic contract extension. It will keep Yelich in Milwaukee through at least 2028. To read up on the details of Yelich’s contract extension, see Brewers and Yelich Agree to Extension.
Even after his season-ending knee injury in 2020 and a less than triumphant return to the field for the MVP in 2021, Yelich’s contract extension is still much to be excited about almost two years after its signing.
Yelich and Giannis: Milwaukee’s MVPs
Yelich wasn’t the only Milwaukee sports icon who cemented his place in Milwaukee’s hearts in 2020. Christian Yelich signed his blockbuster contract extension in March of 2020. Just a few months later, in December 2020, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo signed a multi-year supermax contract extension. The supermax keeps Antetokounmpo with Milwaukee through the 2025-2026 season.
By committing to stay in Milwaukee, a small market for both the MLB and NBA, Yelich and Antetokounmpo showed Wisconsin that our teams matter. They showed the world that MVPs want to play here. These contract extensions prove that Milwaukee and its fans are worth more than the flashiness of big market teams. Milwaukee welcomed the stars with open arms before they earned MVP honors. They returned the favor by putting down their roots here.
Christian Yelich might never get back to his MVP stats again. However, that doesn’t make his extension a waste. The MVP choosing to stay in Milwaukee for the best remaining years of his career gave the city hope in this team. That loyalty has worked out nicely for Giannis and the reigning NBA Champions— and the Brewers and Yelich might just follow their lead next season.
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