The 2022 season was outstanding in a lot of ways for the Dodgers. The team set a franchise record with 111 wins in the regular season, leading the majors both in runs scored and fewest runs allowed. Their defense wasn’t bad, but they were mostly built on pitching and offense, and the defensive value they had came primarily from positioning rather than flashy plays. Mookie Betts won his sixth Gold Glove, but other than that, the defense didn’t really stand out.
MLB Network put out a video highlighting the top 60 defensive plays in the majors in 2022, and not a single Dodgers play from the regular season made the list. They did make one appearance on the list, though, a postseason play by relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol that came in at number 32.
If that tiny little clip isn’t enough for you, here’s a much better clip of the play in question.
— MLB (@MLB) October 13, 2022
Unfortunately, that game and series didn’t go the Dodgers’ way, but that doesn’t change what an outstanding play this was by Graterol.
It’s surprising there were no Mookie plays on this list — goodness knows he had plenty of them. But while MLB Network might not fully appreciate Betts and his elite defense, we here at Dodgers Nation do, so let’s watch some highlights, shall we?
Ah, that’s better. A little excellent Dodgers defense has us that much more ready for the 2023 season to get here.
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