Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

Age: 29 (October 07, 1992) | 5' 9" | 180lbs. | Bats: Right 2B-7 OF-116 CF-1 RF-52 PH-4
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
LAD NL 2020 55 219 47 64 24 38 9 1 16 39 10 2 .292 .366 .562 10 15 .289 32/21/46 47 42
LAD NL 2021 122 466 93 123 68 86 29 3 23 58 10 5 .264 .367 .487 12 16 .276 35/22/43 23 23
LAD NL 2022 132 534 112 144 52 95 35 3 35 80 12 2 .270 .340 .543 9 16 .267 34/17/48 32 31
Career 9yrs 1103 4422 865 1296 515 683 302 33 213 647 158 34 .293 .369 .521 10 14 .304 n/a
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What you missed with the mute button was Clayton Kershaw (the subject of an irrelevant interview in the middle of an inning of a game that he wasn't pitching) having to tell Joe Buck that there was a pitching change happening. I don't see how it is in the interests of Rob Manfred or Fox to have two announcers who aren't interested in the World Series. And don't get me started on how there seems to be no interest whatsoever in regular season stats, even though they are a better predictor of the future than post-season numbers. i can't think of a World Series when I have hated the announcers more than this year. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Oct 23 '20

I like it when Jos Pos ventures onto thin ice ... THANKS for the link!

And ... I'm much more of a radio guy than TV guy ... I've been enjoying the ESPN radio folks this post-season as they can be heard for free via ESPN ap ... so ... I just offer that as an option to "mute" ... though I'm sure they'll be delay'd relative to the TV feed ... so pro's & con's.

In general, I'm not worried about anything that might make baseball less popular ... I just see them as an opportunity for cheaper tickets! ... they certainly do not appear to be existential threats, right?

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 23 '20

Joe Pos shakes hands, or bumps elbows, with Joel Sherman today. Mookie is to Mays as Trout is to Mantle.

Just trying to start a good conversation, he writes.

To that end...

And finally, we must talk about something else, something that will infuriate many people but simply cannot be ignored: Betts is in the World Series for the second time in three years, and he’s doing wonderful things — winning the nation tacos, displaying his defensive and baserunning genius — while Trout misses another October. Do not misunderstand: I do not believe for one second that it is Trout’s fault that the Angels have never found a way to put a good team around him. That’s an Angels problem. I believe with all my heart that Trout is a winner, that he plays winning baseball, that he is the victim of failed management.

But as beautiful as baseball’s statistical world might be, it is not the real world. Circumstances do matter...

He's right, I think. It can't be ignored. Joe mentions Bob Gibson -- I would add Lou Brock in the same three World Series.

Lots of conversational fodder sprinkled throughout. And then Joe Pos goes on a tangent at the end that I missed watching the current World Series.

So much of baseball these days feels unfamiliar, there’s no way around that. There’s the pandemic background, obviously. But even on the field, Game 2 of the World Series featured 12 pitchers, 22 strikeouts, five home runs, and it lasted three hours and 40 minutes. The game failed to entirely hold the interest of the actual game announcers, Joe Buck and John Smoltz, who at some point in the middle went on a long discourse about the NFC East. You rarely hear announcers in the third quarter of an NFL game talk at length about the relative merits of the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.

I agree! Too many homers, strikeouts, pitching changes. Too little action spread over too much time.

But still, the game for me was completely absorbing.

Probably because I had the sound on mute.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 23 '20

Joel Sherman goes a wee bit overboard, comparing Mookie Betts to Willie Mays, but he's right in seeing similarities between Mookie's catch in Game 5 and The Catch in 1954.

His full-flight racing forward shoestring catch in the third inning of Game 5 changed the series...

The play has been replayed quite often since. If you have a chance to look at it again ask yourself this: How many players would have been able to keep their feet after making that catch? And how many players could have regathered themselves, struggled initially to find the ball in their glove and still made an on-line, no-bounce throw home that if Ozuna even would have tagged legally he might have been out? It is where athleticism meets an intuitive understanding of the game. Betts talked afterward about how his full focus was on not falling. How many players in the heat of that moment on such a tough play to just catch the ball have the serenity under pressure to also know: Don’t fall?

And I suspect most of us here agree with Sherman's observation at the end.

Betts is a reminder of what the sport could be, electric on both sides of the ball. We get this from the Rays defense as well and everything their quick-twitchy emerging star Randy Arozarena does on a field.

After so much doubt, especially early in this abbreviated season that we would get to the end, MLB had two terrific league championship series and now an intriguing World Series. I hope it continues to be a showcase for what the game could be in skill and enthusiasm. I hope it encourages the warring players and owners to find common ground to keep working at ways to get the ball in play more and to play faster pitch-to-pitch plus within the actual game action and to recruit the best athletes to this sport.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 20 '20

Mookie belongs on this list with another sterling catch. He actually loafed a little bit on his double, thinking it would be caught.

Cody BellingerDansby SwansonEnrique HernandezMookie BettsJulio Urias

Yesterday's Top Performers


Cody Bellinger* (LAD): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Dansby Swanson* (ATL): 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Enrique Hernandez* (LAD): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Mookie Betts* (LAD): 2-4

Chris Taylor (LAD): 2-4

Ozzie Albies (ATL): 0-2, 1 R, 1 SB

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 19 '20

The MVP battle between Mookie and Freddie is going to be close. There's a fair chance a stat that everyone sort of understands but very few really understand will decide it.

WAR Leaders

NL Position Players

Mookie Betts (LAD)3.4
Freddie Freeman (ATL)2.9
Manny Machado (SDP)2.8

NL Pitchers

Max Fried (ATL)2.9
Zack Wheeler (PHI)2.9
Antonio Senzatela (COL)2.8

AL Position Players

DJ LeMahieu (NYY)2.9
José Abreu (CHW)2.8
Tim Anderson (CHW)2.2

AL Pitchers

Shane Bieber (CLE)3.2
Hyun Jin Ryu (TOR)3.0
Lance Lynn (TEX)2.3
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 28 '20

SoCal has been seeing a lot of long balls ... wonder what the "park effect" calculations are showing?

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 24 '20

A minute later, we get the stat feed. 10/9

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 24 '20

Before we get the stat feed, Mookie has earned 7/7 (in a 162-game season).

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 24 '20

Five other Dodgers touched them all yesterday.

As did three Rockies, on the road.

Mookie BettsGregory PolancoTeoscar HernandezJustin DunnYu Darvish

Yesterday's Top Performers


Mookie Betts* (LAD): 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB

Gregory Polanco* (PIT): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB

Teoscar Hernandez* (TOR): 1-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB

Trea Turner (WSN): 3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R

Alec Bohm (PHI): 3-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Hunter Dozier (KCR): 4-4, 3 R

Nelson Cruz (MIN): 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Harrison Bader (STL): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Justin Smoak (MIL): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Shohei Ohtani (LAA): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 24 '20