Mookie Betts had an exceptional 2023 season and while he didn’t get the opportunity to win a third World Series title, he still ended the season as one of the league’s best.
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And he’s getting the recognition he deserves as he was named a finalist for the National League MVP award. Betts’ teammate Freddie Freeman, and Atlanta Braves star Ronald AcunaMLBbro Michael Harris Dashes Towards Record Books Along With Teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. are the other two finalists for the award. This will be a close battle, but Betts certainly made his case this season.
Betts is looking to become the second player in MLB history to win an MVP award in both the American and National League. The last player to do so was MLBbro great Frank Robinson. There’s no question that Betts will be a Hall of Famer when his career is done, and he’ll continue to rack up awards and accolades and represent for the Black Knights of baseball.
The 31-year-old appeared in over 150 games and made an impact at the plate and in the field, continuing to build on his record-breaking career. Betts hit .307 which was his highest average dating back to 2018 when he hit .346. He also hit a career-high 39 Bro bombs.
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While he was one of the best hitters on his team and in the league, his defense is what separated him from the rest of the crowd. You can make a strong case that Betts was more valuable to his team on defense than any other player in the league. He appeared in 70 games at second base and 12 at shortstop. The Dodgers needed someone, and Betts took on the challenge and exceeded.
We all know how exceptional of a right fielder Betts is, but he could be an everyday middle infielder if he wanted to. He only made five errors this season playing all three positions.