Dodgers: Mookie Betts Finishes 2nd in MVP Voting Behind Freddie Freeman
The Dodgers will not have their first back-to-back Most Valuable Player this year since Maury Willis and Sandy Koufax did it in 1962-63. Mookie Betts was among the final 3 players to be up for the MVP award but fell just short of reaching the goal.
Writers ultimately chose the Braves’ Freddie Freeman over Mookie Betts. Both players had pretty ridiculous seasons overall, and many expected the race to be pretty close. Freeman’s offensive output pushed him over the edge though, and he will be your NL MVP for the wild 2020 season.
@FreddieFreeman5 is your 2020 NL MVP!
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— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 12, 2020
Betts‘ first season in Los Angeles playing with the Dodgers was arguably the second-best offensive season he has ever had. His first would be his 2018 season when he won the American League MVP. Of course, it’s difficult to judge the numbers given the odd nature of a 60-game season.
Despite playing in just 55 games, Betts crushed 16 homeruns and drove in 39 runs. Betts also stole 10 bases, just 6 less than he did in 150 games during the 2019 season. The Dodgers outfielder also put on a defensive clinic all season long. He led all National League outfielders in defensive runs saved with 10.
Mookie had the chance to become just the second player in MLB history to win an MVP in both leagues. Winning the NL MVP would have put him up there with Frank Robinson as the only 2 guys to do so. Regardless, he will get many more chances to do so with the Dodgers. Mookie’s contract will likely keep him in Los Angeles for quite some time.
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Would have been nice to see him win it but congrats to Freddie for winning!