Making The Case For Mookie Betts As National League MVP

Making The Case For Mookie Betts As National League MVP

Since coming to the National League in 2020, Mookie Betts’ impact has been undeniable. He’s a three-time All-Star, Golden Glove, and Silver Slugger award winner. It’s time we give credit where credit is due. Betts’ performance this season has been nothing short of remarkable, making a strong case for him to be named the National League MVP.

 

That would make him just the second player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish that feat, joining the late Frank Robinson in that exclusive club.

 

With him in the lineup, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 82-51 (.617). Without him just 5-4 (.555). Betts has brought his play to a new level of excitement and skill this season. His offensive dominance, stellar defensive skills, and base-running prowess have all contributed to the Dodgers holding a comfortable 13-game lead in the National League West. 

 

 

It’s not just his individual statistics that set him apart; it’s the way he elevates the game for everyone around him.

 

Betts’ batting average and on-base percentage speak for themselves. He consistently finds ways to get on base, putting pressure on opposing teams and creating opportunities for his teammates. His ability to hit for average and get on base sets him apart from his peers as a weapon at the top of L.A.’s lineup.

 

Betts’ power at the plate cannot be overlooked either. He has delivered a career-high 38 home runs and is approaching 80 total extra-base hits and 100 RBI, showing his ability to both produce runs and drive in his teammates. His power combined with his ability to get on base makes him a force to be reckoned with in the batter’s box.

 

He ranks in the top five in the NL in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS and runs scored. 

 

So, not only does Betts excel at getting on base and hitting for power, but he’s also really, really good at driving in runs and scoring them himself. He can quite literally do any and everything with the bat in his hands or on the basepaths.

 

His versatility extends to the defensive side of the field too. He’s played 8 games at shortstop, 26 games at second base, 63 in right field, and 36 with some combination of the three.

 

Betts’ defensive skills in the outfield are unparalleled. He consistently makes highlight-reel catches, diving to make crucial plays and robbing opponents of hits.

 

He covers ground effortlessly, making difficult plays look routine. Additionally, his arm discourages opponents from taking extra bases and can make the throws from the warning track or deep in the hole.

 

 

Whatever the stats, Mookie is going to be near the top or standing alone at the summit. 

 

Mookie Betts is the total package, and one of the most recognizable faces in the game today. 

 

His work ethic and dedication to the game set the tone for his teammates. Betts’ relentless pursuit of perfection inspires others to push themselves harder and strive for greatness.

 

Yes, there are other players having their own great seasons. But when you combine the statistical dominance with his overall impact on a first place team, it becomes clear that he should be the 2023 National League Most Valuable Player.