With the MLB season in danger of not starting on time and being indefinitely suspended, Dodger fans are starting to let their brains ramble. We’ve seen this since the start of the pandemic or even just when the offseason begins. Without baseball, social media becomes Lord of the Flies except we’re all holding the conch, and everyone can get (verbally) violent.
Dodger fans have certainly been opinionated.
Manny Machado had more impact as a Dodger than Mookie Betts has
— coz (@LameIoMVP) January 16, 2022
Immediately reading that, one has to think this is just a troll. Nobody with a serious mind could actually believe this, right?
Mookie Betts helped lead the Dodgers to a World Series title. That ends the argument, in actuality. It’s a little reductive, but it’s an incontrovertible fact. Who needs to delve into statistics and numbers after that? Conveniently, both Betts and Machado played in a small sample-sized season of around 60 games. Let’s compare them.
- Betts 60 Game Season: 16 Home Runs, 147 OPS+, 3.6 bWAR
- Machado 66 Games: 13 Home Runs, 122 OPS+, 2.5 bWAR
Betts wins on all counts. Betts also gave the Dodgers another solid season in 2021, so…this argument is as solid as paper mache as a baseball bat.
The Internet Roasts
Twitter is undefeated. Twitter Dodger fans decided to take this argument and the person who posted it to the woodshed.
Machado as a Dodger vs Mookie 2020
296 PAs, 2.4 fWAR, 121 wRC+ 0 rings
246 PAs, 2.9 fWAR, 147 wRC+, 1 ring
Man people have short memories https://t.co/ZE8YHt4AWv
— Josh Thomas (@jokeylocomotive) January 17, 2022
Mookie was on a team that won against Dodgers when we had Manny, Mookie came to LA and knocked out Manny on the way to another ring. hope this helps https://t.co/2XkxGcMCvM
— Ethan Hawke holding HOUSE (1977) Criterion Blu-ray (@freddievarda) January 17, 2022
— ? Lorraine Rivera ? (@roxygirl7985) January 17, 2022
Lol casual fans be like .. https://t.co/qDdoRgf8aH
— ? (@maybepnut) January 17, 2022
Nail In The Coffin
If this was a tweet intended merely to troll it was both brilliant and well-executed. If this was a serious tweet, it was incorrect on every quantifiable level, and the original tweeter deserves their roasting.
- Machado 2018 Postseason: 15-66 .227 average and 4 walks
- Betts 2020 Postseason: 21-82 .256 average and 8 walks
Mookie even gets a slight edge in batting average and a considerable edge in overall OBP. in the postseason. Machado doesn’t have the absurd highlight reel of outstanding catches or plays in his Dodger postseason career.
Machado’s biggest moment was a home run against the Braves in the NLDS. What else is he remembered for in Dodger blue? Spiking Jesus Aguilar? Betts’ performance has put this argument to bed before it started. Betts is a generational superstar and Dodger fans are grateful for him.