Mookie Betts Named MVP Finalist, Other Notes

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The three National League MVP finalists were named Monday afternoon, and Mookie Betts is among them. Betts, who already has won MVP honors in the American League, will look to become just the second player in Major League history to win MVP in both leagues after Frank Robinson.

The other two finalists are Freddie Freeman from the Atlanta Braves and Manny Machado from the San Diego Padres.

Betts had a terrific 2020 season and was a key addition to the postseason run for the Dodgers; however, votes are submitted before the playoffs. Therefore, any playoff statistics aren’t taken into consideration.

For the regular season, Betts posted a .292 batting average and hit 16 home runs. He also had an OBP of .366 and ten steals.

He was the league leader in WAR and scored 47 runs. The Dodgers were 31-5 whenever Betts scored a run.

Betts also enjoyed his sixth career three-home run game this season, becoming the third player in Major League to accomplish such a feat behind Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize.

Since the 2015 season, Betts has received at least some MVP votes every year.

All of the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year finalists were announced Monday afternoon for both leagues. No other Dodgers were named for any of these awards.

The winners will be announced Thursday, Nov, 12 on MLB Network,

However, two former Dodgers were named finalists for the American League Cy Young Award. Both Kenta Maeda and Hyun Jin Ryu along with Shane Bieber were the three finalists.

As of Sunday night, free agents were able to sign and meet with new teams. The market so far has seen little movement and with this year’s Winter Meetings being held virtually, it may be a while till we see any significant moves.

In a roster move Tuesday morning, the Dodgers announced that they activated left-handed pitcher David Price off of the restricted list.

As of now, the 40-man roster sits at 32 players.

For those of you who live close to or in Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium is open as a voting site on Election Day.

2 thoughts on “Mookie Betts Named MVP Finalist, Other Notes

  1. I think Mookie had a great first season with the Dodgers, but I also think Freeman had a better one. And he hit all kinds of pitching. Mookie struggled against lefty’s and hit no homers off of them.

    1. December 2nd will be an important date this year. It’s the last date for team’s to non-tender a player. Because of the financial situation that Covid has caused, many more players than usual will probably be let go. That will influence who teams might want to trade for or sign in free agency before early December. There could be very little action for the next month until teams have a better idea of exactly which players are on the market.

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