Unfortunately, the Dodgers won’t be taking home National League MVP’s in back-to-back years, as Freddie Freeman was announced as the 2020 winner today. Mookie Betts finished in second place, with former Dodger Manny Machado finishing third.
Betts finished with 268 total points. He received two first-place votes and 21 second-place votes. Corey Seager was the only other Dodger who received votes, finishing ninth. The highest vote he received was a sixth-place vote.
It was a phenomenal season for Betts, who was sensational for the Dodgers in his first season in Los Angeles. He hit .292 with an OPS of .927, while hitting 16 homers and driving in 39 runs. Betts was awarded the Silver Slugger Award, the fourth of his career.
In addition to being one of the best hitters in the National League, he was arguably the best outfielder in the league as well, as we won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award in right field.
Betts was fantastic for the Dodgers all season, but Freeman was just slightly better for Atlanta. He played in all 60 regular season games, and was near the top of almost every offensive category. It would have been great to see Betts win, but Freeman was more than deserving of this award.
Plus, I don’t think Betts will lose any sleep tonight after losing the MVP race. This is a much better trophy anyway.