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Dodgers: Mookie Betts Named Sports Illustrated Player of the Year

Another award for Betts in 2020.



It’s a great time to be a Dodgers fan. Fresh off of their first World Series win since 1988, Los Angeles looks like they’re around to compete for a while. Part of the reason they look so primed for success is the fact that Mookie Betts will also be a part of the team for the foreseeable future. 

In his first year with the Dodgers, Mookie won a Gold Glove award to go along with his Silver Slugger in addition to a championship. That performance won him Sports Illustrated’s Player of the Year award today, announced at the SI Awards show. 

It seemed like every night, Mookie was making highlight-reel worthy plays for the Dodgers on offense and defense. His .292/.366/.562 slash line along with 16 homeruns and 10 stolen bases was enough to make him second in National League MVP voting, falling short of the Braves’ Freddie Freeman. 

The Dodgers picked up Betts as part of the trade that also landed them David Price. Unfortunately, the excitement of that trade was briefly overtaken by the fear that he would never get to play a game for Los Angeles. The team curbed those fears by inking him to a 12-year extension during the shutdown before he got a chance to play a meaningful game for the team. Obviously, a great decision. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Friedman gets a continuous standing ovation for getting Mookie Betts from the Sox. It is not often that stars of his magnitude and age become available. Boston received a very good player and two high prospects in return, Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.
    The Betts trade put the Dodgers over the top to win their first WS in 30 years.
    I believe Verdugo will be a very good player and Downs and Wong have great potential. But the Dodgers needed to win NOW. And they did.

  2. Of course Mookie wins THIS award over Freddie Freeman because it takes into consideration the WHOLE season – regular and post. Whereas the MLB-MVP award is only for the regular season.

    • Betts should have won MVP was the east coast bias. Betts is the better defensive, the better offensive player, and by far better base runner and base stealer

  3. Great job Andrew Friedman and FO for making the deal happen with Mookie “MLB” Betts (50).
    He was definitely the difference maker of Winning it All in 2020!
    Also I would like to Thank Dave “Doc” Roberts (30) For his great management on the bullpen Especially leaving in Julio “Hombre” Urías (7) to close the show in the NLCS & the World Series!
    Congratulations to The 2020 World Series Champions LA Dodgers!!!
    “ Let’s Do a Repeat in 2021”

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