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.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 20, 2020
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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