Mookie Betts has become a superstar in the MLB, and he has already accomplished a lot. After the LA Dodgers won the 2020 World Series title, Betts became the first player to win MVP and a World Series title with two different franchises before turning 30, according to Elias Sports.
Betts is an all-around talented player who can do it all on the field. Looking at his resume, he’s already put together a Hall of Fame type career, and he’s not done.
Mookie Betts was ready for the big leagues
Betts started his career with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox selected Betts in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft. He decided to sign with the team instead of attending the University of Tennessee. The Tennessee native began his professional career in the Red Sox’s farm system. Throughout his time in the minor leagues, Betts became one of the top prospects for the Red Sox. He played the outfield and second base.
In 2014, he made his MLB debut with the Red Sox. His first game was on June 29 against the New York Yankees, and he recorded his first major league hit. Betts played 52 games with the Red Sox in 2014 and batted .291 with five home runs and 18 RBIs. When he got the call up to the big leagues, Betts was ready to show the world who he was and that he belongs in the MLB.
After the 2014 season, Betts became a top player for the Red Sox. During his third season, Betts made his first All-Star, and he won his first Silver Slugger and Gold Glove award. He finished the 2016 season with a .318 batting average as he hit 31 home runs and had 113 RBIs. Betts quickly became a fan favorite in Boston, and during the 2018 season, he was named the AL MVP and won a World Series title. At the age of 25, Betts had an MVP award and a World Series title under his belt.
Betts joining the Dodgers and winning his second World Series title
After spending his first six seasons in Boston, the Red Sox traded Betts, David Price, and cash considerations to the LA Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong, and Jeter Downs. The trade came as a surprise to many, and Betts signed a 12-year contract extension worth $365 million and also included a $65 million signing bonus. The contract is the richest contract in Dodgers history and the third-richest contract in North American sports history.
It was obvious that the Dodgers wanted Betts to help them compete for a World Series title. Like his time in Boston, Betts continued to succeed in his first season with the Dodgers. The shortened season did not stop him from playing at a high-level. He finished the 2020 regular season hitting .292 with 47 runs, 16 home runs, and 39 RBIs. Betts had an impressive performance in the 2020 MLB Playoffs as the Dodgers advanced to the World Series for the third time in four years.
During the World Series, Betts hit two big home runs, with his last one coming in Game 6 as the Dodgers defeated the Rays. Betts also made multiple big plays in the field with his glove. The Dodgers have gone through a lot in recent years, but now they can call themselves World Series champs again, and Betts played a significant role in the process.
Here’s why Mookie Betts is already a Hall of Fame player
Betts has a long MLB career ahead of him, and he’s already accomplished so much. He’s a two-time World Series winner, an AL MVP winner, and he has made multiple All-Star teams and received numerous individual awards. Whether he’s on offense or defense, Betts can change the game.
He’s only had one season where he’s batted below .290. Through the 2020 season, he has a career batting average of .301 with 155 home runs, 509 RBIs, and 136 stolen bases. The numbers and awards speak for themselves, and Betts has certainly made a name for himself. He will be a top player in the league for a while, and when his career is over, it won’t be long until he’s in the Hall of Fame.