Dodgers: Mookie Betts Among 3 Players Named to the All-MLB Teams
The Dodgers are fresh off of their first World Series victory since 1988, and that’s all that really matters. But the awards and accolades that come in the days and weeks following aren’t a bad bonus either.
On Wednesday evening, Major League Baseball announced the first and second All-MLB teams. Those teams were voted on by a combination of fan votes as well as a panel of experts. At the end of it all, 3 Dodgers were named to the first and second teams combined.
Congratulations to our Champs for making the All-MLB first and second teams! pic.twitter.com/qUMrZpJgHq
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 10, 2020
Mookie Betts was named to the first team All-MLB in his first year with the Dodgers. Betts slashed .292/.366/.562 with 16 homeruns and 26 total extra-base hits. He also proved to be one heck of a sparkplug on the basepaths, swiping 10 bags and pushing the envelope on close plays all year long. Defensively, he was a human highlight reel on a daily basis.
Corey Seager and Clayton Kershaw were both named to the second team All-MLB. Seager was beaten out at shortstop by young superstar Fernando Tatis Jr despite Seager arguably having the better overall year. Regardless, you can’t really go wrong picking either one of them. Seager slashed .307/.358/.585 and took home both the NLCS and World Series MVP.
For Kershaw, the nomination just further highlights the bounceback year that he had. In 10 starts, Kershaw pitched to a 2.16 ERA and 3.31 FIP while going 6-2. He helped anchor the young Dodgers rotation that ultimately fought and scratched to lock down a World Series win as well. Overall, one heck of a year for the veteran southpaw.
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Betts was an obvious choice, but it was nice to see Seager and Kershaw also getting acknowledged. The MLB analysts are going to be unhappy because most of them seemed to think that Trea Turner was the best SS this year. I think that Tatis was a good choice just for entertainment value alone.
Didn’t the Dodgers place 4 of the 10 starting pitchers on the first or second team?
Oh, wait…three are ex-Dodgers.
I don’t care about these awards. I used to think that Trout was the best player in the game. Now I think it’s Mookie. Maybe I’m just a biased Dodger fan, but Betts led the Sox to the 2018 championship, and then led the Dodgers to the 2020 championship. I don’t think either team would have won it all without him. Regardless of awards, he’s the best. Period.