His 2018 AL MVP campaign was one of the most dominant single-season runs in recent MLB history. The generational talent slashed .346/.438/.640, hitting 32 home runs along the way. Betts had a season WAR (wins above replacement) of 10.6, landing him on the top 25 list of highest single season WARs.
Putting Betts’ entire career aside and looking at his 2018 season alone is enough to question an organizations decision to let such a high caliber player go. Apparently the Dodgers saw what the Red Sox missed and paid him.
I’ve watched nearly every Los Angeles Dodger game of the 2020 MLB season and I still can’t truly wrap my mind around how good of a player he is. Every time Betts steps up to the plate or walks into the outfield, you expect him to produce, and he does!
Betts made history on Aug. 13 against the San Diego Padres when he became only the third player in MLB history to have six, three-home run games and he still has a lot of baseball left to play, indicating that he could top that list.
He’s been great so far with the Dodgers and it’s only the beginning of his 13-year tenure.
Home runs aren’t the only thing Betts is capable of doing consistently. On Aug. 27, during game one of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants, Betts joined MLB’s 1000-hit club. And just as he did with his first career hit as a Dodger, Betts pulled a single into left field.
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