As expected, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman were named as finalists for the National League Most Valuable Player award this week. The Dodgers stars put together standout regular seasons in 2023, leading the charge for a club that scored over 900 runs.
Atlanta Braves superstar Ronald Acuna Jr was also named as one of the three finalists and is viewed as the likely winner. The MVP winner will be announced on MLB Network on Thursday, November 16.
Despite the MVP-worthy numbers posted by all three players, the trio combined for just three hits in 28 combined at-bats as their respective clubs were shockingly bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
Dodgers fans on social media in particular were harsh on Betts and Freeman showing many are still not over the sting of the second consecutive NLDS exit. It’s important to remember that votes for these awards are cast before the postseason begins.
At any rate, congratulations are in order to both Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts, the latter of whom is slated to finish runner-up for the NL MVP for the second time since joining the Dodgers in 2020.
Mookie and Freddie weren’t the only ones getting recognized for their great regular seasons. Dodgers first-year outfielder James Outman was among the three finalists for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He’s likely to finish third behind Diamondbacks star Corbin Carroll and Mets right-hander Kodai Senga.
The winner of the 2023 Jackie Robinson Award will be announced on Monday, November 13 on MLB Network.
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