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Dodgers Nearly Shut Out in Top 60 Defensive Plays of 2022 Highlight Reel

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.

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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