Always a better-than-average hitter, by 1980 Yount had developed himself into the prototypical power-hitting shortstop, although his power numbers would be eclipsed in the following decades by Cal Ripken, Jr, Nomar Garciaparra and Alex Rodriguez.
An All-Star in 1980, 1982 and 1983, Yount collected more hits in 1980s than any other player, and won a Gold Glove for his fielding prowess in 1982. That same year, he won his first MVP award and helped led the Brewers to their only World Series appearance, where he became the only player to collect four hits in two different World Series games.
In 1985, a shoulder problem forced Yount to move to the outfield. After splitting time between center field and left field, Yount became the Brewers' regular center fielder in 1986. In 1989, Yount collected a second MVP award, making him only the third player to win MVP awards at two different positions.