Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

Age: 27 (October 7, 1992) | 5' 9" | 180lbs. | Bats: Right OF-143 CF-17 RF-132 DH-7 PH-4
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
BOS AL 2016 158 672 122 214 49 80 42 5 31 113 26 4 .318 .363 .534 7 11 .322 41/19/39 48 44
BOS AL 2017 153 628 101 166 77 79 46 2 24 102 26 3 .264 .344 .459 11 11 .268 40/17/43 32 29
BOS AL 2018 136 520 129 180 81 91 47 5 32 80 30 6 .346 .438 .640 13 15 .368 34/21/45 49 46
BOS AL 2019 150 597 135 176 97 101 40 5 29 80 16 3 .295 .391 .524 14 14 .309 31/25/44 32 32
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
Career 6yrs 794 3203 613 965 371 464 229 26 139 470 126 25 .301 .374 .519 10 13 .314 n/a
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Mookie's in the first paragraph and so that's where I'm posting this.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/01/how-baseball-players-became-celebrities

Alex Patton Alex

Chad Jennings at The Athletic:

... holy smokes, what a plot twist! Barely a month after one of the most divisive, difficult, controversial trades in Red Sox history, we’re no longer sure exactly what the team gave up. This presumably was not a part of the plan – surely Chaim Bloom didn’t trade his best player in anticipation of a pandemic – but it certainly could impact the final analysis. Call it random chance, blind luck, or the ripple effect of unforeseen circumstances. Call it karmic payback for the lost game of strike-shortened 1972, which cost the Red Sox a shot at the playoffs. Fact is, the Red Sox might have built for the future by trading away the most expensive and least valuable season of Betts’ career to date.

Of course, we don’t know that. We don’t know when the season will begin, if it will begin, how long it will last, and how service time calculations will be adjusted accordingly. If the season is canceled – which currently seems unlikely, but perhaps not out of the question – would Betts become a free agent as expected, or would he be granted zero days of additional service time in 2020 — meaning he’d remain one season away from the free-agent market? Would the Dodgers get to use him in 2021 instead? Is it possible a severely shortened season would tilt advantage the other way, giving the Dodgers control of Betts for a full season and a partial season?

.... Essentially, in a worst-case scenario for the league – an entire season lost with players still granted a year of service time and Betts hitting the open market as scheduled – would result in the Red Sox giving up $16 million-plus David Price’s age 35 and 36 seasons in exchange for $42 million of salary relief, a new right fielder (Alex Verdugo), the system’s top middle-infield prospect (Jeter Downs), easily their top catching prospect (Connor Wong), plus a reset of luxury tax penalties worth millions.

All just the unforeseen byproduct of an unprecedented crisis, which has left everything – including a trade we’ve been digesting for a month – in a new state of uncertainty.


Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19

The good news for me is that someone is likely to bid based on the two 4x years.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 4

Yesterday, when I was giving a sample of Ron Shandler's first-round pans in an article last month in The Athletic, I shouldn't have skipped this one.

4. Mookie Betts fell short of 30 HRs, 20 steals and a .300 batting average last year, and he accomplished all that in over 700 plate appearances. That’s like the old Woody Allen joke about two women complaining about the terrible food in a restaurant, adding, “and such small portions.” Now Betts is taking his small-portion productivity rate to a new city, on a new coast, in a new league. Those are enough environmental variables to be concerned. If the big star LA-life doesn’t get him, the three-hour time difference might.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 4

Meamwhile, back at the Red Sox ranch...

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/03/latest-on-mlbs-red-sox-investigation.html

Far, far down in the comments thread...

  1. Obviously, reports can be wrong, but if the reports of actions by the Red Sox (relative to what the Astros did) are true, any attempt to give Boston penalties in even the general ballpark of what the Astros got would be atrocious. The clear and vital distinction is that the Astros used technology in the act of obtaining signs, which is what MLB very clearly did not want teams to do. The Red Sox reportedly used technology to help instruct on HOW to steal signs, but not in the act of obtaining signs. If MLB sees that as a violation, fair enough, but it is clearly a significantly lesser violation. If Boston is made to pay for issues with the punishments levied on the Astros, that would be a gross injustice…I have faith that the league office is wiser and fairer than that.

    • But you’re forgetting the Red Sox would be repeat offenders… not saying the punishment will be as severe, just that if guilty it might be more severe than you expect.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 2

I suspect most of us here can sympathize. We make what we think is the "perfect" trade, then we catch a lot of flak from the peanut gallery, then when we wake up the next morning thinking, "My god, what did I do?"

Mookie Betts (OF) BOS - Feb. 08

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=737062

Betts' reported trade from the Red Sox to the Dodgers was temporarily placed on hold Saturday after the Twins withdrew from their part of the three-team deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Brusdar Graterol was supposed to move from Minnesota to Boston, but the Red Sox didn't like what they saw in his medical history and demanded an additional prospect from the Twins, who elected to withdraw from the deal entirely rather than acquiesce to that demand. Boston and Los Angeles will now be forced to complete the deal themselves or find a new third party. It still appears that the saga will end with Betts winding up as a Dodger, but that looks less certain than it did when the deal was first announced. 

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 9

The view from Ginny Searle at BP:

What needs to be said about Betts, who will not turn 28 until the postseason? There’s only one player on earth unequivocally better, and Betts has already beaten him fair and square for an MVP. The “Difference Maker” label is probably one building block that has endured in the public imagination as analytical thinking takes over roster-building speculation, and one of Betts’ caliber hits the open market maybe once every few years. Except, well, later this year, when he will presumably do so again. By then, however, the Dodgers will likely have their eighth consecutive division title in hand, and maybe Betts can pair it with some crossleague hardware. It’s hard not to dream on this lineup, strong enough the Dodgers felt emboldened to excise Joc Pederson’s righty-mashing bat to get to a largely platoon-free group:

  1. Mookie Betts, CF
  2. Cody Bellinger, RF
  3. Justin Turner, 3B
  4. Max Muncy, 1B
  5. A.J. Pollock, LF
  6. Corey Seager, SS
  7. Will Smith, C
  8. Gavin Lux, 2B
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 6

The view from the WAR room.

Play Index Spotlight: Mookie Betts

Most position player Wins Above Replacement in age 23-26 seasons

RkPlayerWAR/posFromToTm
1Mickey Mantle40.819551958NYY
2Babe Ruth38.519181921BOS‑NYY
3Ty Cobb37.819101913DET
4Rogers Hornsby37.119191922STL
5Mike Trout36.620152018LAA
6Willie Mays35.619541957NYG
7Lou Gehrig35.619261929NYY
8Eddie Collins34.819101913PHA
9Tris Speaker34.719111914BOS
10Albert Pujols34.020032006STL
11Mookie Betts33.820162019BOS
12Jimmie Foxx33.319311934PHA

See the full list at Baseball-Reference.com's Batting Season Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 5