The Dodgers knew exactly what they were getting out of Mookie Betts when they traded away some young talent for him in February. They knew that they were getting a leader, and they certainly knew that they were getting a guy to build a dynasty around.
While acquiring him ultimately helped in earning the Dodgers their first World Series in 32 years, Mookie is now being recognized for his individual talents. The Baseball Writers Association of America made it official by nominating Betts as 1 of 3 finalists for the National League Most Valuable Players on Monday evening. That nomination was announced on MLB Network’s award finalists show.
2020 NL MVP finalists
Mookie Betts, Dodgers
Freddie Freeman, Braves
Manny Machado, Padres
Winner announced Nov. 12, 6 p.m. ET on @mlbnetwork
— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 3, 2020
For Dodgers fans, the nomination comes as no surprise at all. Betts was easily the team MVP all year long, leading in plenty of categories and being the sparkplug all season long. To win, he will likely have to convince the writers that he was more valuable to his team than Freddie Freeman. Betts finished just behind Freeman in fWAR with a 3 mark compared to Freeman’s 3.4 mark.
Manny Machado was the other nomination for the MVP, though many feel that this is a 2-man race. The Dodgers’ Betts and the Braves’ Freeman remain as the two likely candidates to walk away with the award. For Mookie, this would be the second MVP of his career. He would join Frank Robinson as the only players to win an MVP in both leagues.
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