Good news for Dodgers fans hungry for some news that is NOT a rumor loosely related to a free-agent. Finalists for the 2020 All-MLB team were revealed on Sunday evening with an announcement incoming on the official team.
There were 4 Dodgers players named as finalists, and we will know Wednesday evening if they were made official. Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Mookie Betts, and Corey Seager were all announced as finalists for Los Angeles.
The All-MLB team this year will be split into a first and second team. Each will have one player represented at each infield position, as well as a DH and three outfielders. Five starting pitchers and two relievers are also going to be named to each team, though the Dodgers fell short in the pen. Finalists were decided 50% by fan vote and 50% via a panel of experts.
Turner found a way to potentially make the All-MLB team despite having just played in his age 36 season. To make the first team, he will have to compete with a Dodgers division rival in the Padres Manny Machado. He will also be going up against Cleveland Indians’ third baseman José Ramírez.
Seager put together one heck of a rebound season after years marred by injuries. Not only did he take home the NLCS and World Series MVP, but he also had an amazing regular season. He slashed .307/.358/.585 with 15 homeruns and 28 extra-base hits. He will have to beat out Fernando Tatis Jr and the Nationals’ Trea Turner to take the top spot.
The Dodgers made it clear that they were committed to Mookie Betts by giving him a massive 12-year extension before he even played a game for them. That was rewarded with one of the better seasons we’ve seen out of a Los Angeles outfielder It wasn’t quite the MVP season that he put together in 2018 with the Red Sox, but it certainly helped propel LA to their first title since 1988. Betts goes up against 8 other outfielders with only 3 spots on the first team.
The everso humble southpaw will tell you that the World Series win is all that matters in the 2020 season. But it was hard to ignore the season that Kershaw had after many expected him to take significant steps back in his career with age. He’ll have to beat out 11 other guys to fill out the 5 spots on the first team, including at least 6 Cy Young candidates.
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