The Dodgers trading for Mookie Betts will forever be remembered as one of the best moves of all time. Even though we’re barely on the first year of his 12-year extension, it’s become very clear that Mookie represents both the present and the future in Los Angeles.
Betts was a big part of the reason that the Dodgers were able to bring home their first World Series since 1988. He strung together 21 hits in the postseason, including 8 doubles and 2 homeruns. Betts ran wild on the basepaths scoring 15 runs and even stealing 6 bases along the way.
Part of that early postseason success is why MLB Network favored Betts in the latest right fielder ranking. Betts came in ranked number 1 in baseball at the position, just ahead of young Juan Soto. Out of every right fielder in baseball, Betts put up by far the best fWAR in 2020.
Betts also played some of the best defense at the position while stringing together a great offensive year. Betts’ 6.0 UZR and 11 defensive runs saved rank second with Joey Gallo slightly edging him out. His highlight reel of a year in the outfield certainly paid off.
It’s also worth noting that not everyone agreed with Juan Soto being ranked behind Mookie. MLB’s Mike Petriello put out his rankings with Betts and number 2 and Soto the best in baseball. From a hitting standpoint, sure give it to Soto. But if you’re talking about the best overall right fielder, I am not sure how you go with anyone else besides Mookie.
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