Another MVP for Mookie Betts?
In the conversation regarding NL MVP candidates, it’s difficult to ignore Mookie Betts.
Indeed, as arguably the best player on the team with baseball’s best record, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder and leadoff hitter is in the midst of another banner year in a career that is seemingly filled with them.
As of the end of August, the six-time All-Star had already tied his career high in home runs with 32 to go along with 101 runs, a .281 batting average, a .352 on-base percentage and a .917 OPS. Add in his sterling defense and the five-time Gold Glover is a legitimate candidate for baseball’s most prestigious individual honor along with the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, the Braves’ Austin Riley, the Padres’ Manny Machado and Dodgers teammate Freddie Freeman.
Betts previously won the MVP Award in the American League as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2018, when he batted .346 with 32 homers, 129 runs, a .438 on-base percentage and an eye-popping OPS of 1.078. His performance that year made him the only player in MLB history to win the MVP, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards, plus the AL batting title and World Series in the same season. It’s a standard of excellence that fans have come to expect from the 29-year-old slugger.
Betts and the Dodgers can be seen in action Sunday, Sept. 25, when they close out a three-game series against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium in a game streaming on ESPN+.
Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts
Birth date: Oct. 7, 1992
Birthplace: Nashville, Tenn.
Height/weight: 5 feet 9 inches/180 pounds
Teams: Boston Red Sox (2014-19); Los Angeles Dodgers (2020-present)
Position: Right field
Honors and achievements: All-Star (2016–19, 2021, 2022); AL MVP (2018); AL batting champion (2018); Silver Slugger Award (2016, 2018–20); Gold Glove Award (2016–2020); World Series champion (2018, 2020)
Did you know: Betts is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association who once rolled a perfect game in the World Series of Bowling in 2017