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Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Shohei Ohtani earn first-team All-MLB honors

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Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Shohei Ohtani on Saturday were all named to the All-MLB first team for their work during the 2023 season. Freeman is the only player in the majors to be named either first- or second-team All-MLB in all five years of the honor’s existence.

Ohtani also won the American League Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the top offensive player in each league.

Freeman set a Dodgers record with 59 doubles this season, tying the most two-baggers in a season over the last 87 years. He led the major leagues in doubles and extra-base hits while hitting .331/.410/.567 with 29 home runs, 102 RBI, and a 163 wRC+. He also set a Los Angeles Dodgers record by scoring 131 runs.

Freeman was a first-team selection at first base, with Matt Olson of Atlanta the second-team choice at the position. Those two finished third and fourth, respectively, in National League MVP voting.

This is the second first-team All-MLB selection for Freeman, who also did so in his NL MVP season in 2020 with Atlanta. He was a second-team selection in 2019, 2021, and 2022.

Betts was one of three first-team All-MLB outfielders, along with NL MVP and NL Hank Aaron Award winner Ronald Acuña Jr. and NL Rookie of the Year winner Corbin Carroll of the D-backs. It’s the fourth All-MLB selection for Betts, who was also on the first team in 2020 and 2022 as well as a second-team selection in 2019 with the Red Sox.

Betts hit .307/.408/.579 with a career-high 39 home runs and set an MLB record with 107 RBI out of the leadoff spot. Betts scored 126 runs with a 167 wRC+, and led the NL in both fWAR (8.3) and bWAR (8.3). He finished second in NL MVP voting to Acuña, and earned all 30 second-place votes.

Betts and Freeman will now team up atop the lineup with Shohei Ohtani, who on Monday signed a 10-year contract with the Dodgers that guarantees him a record $700 million. Ohtani was a first-team All-MLB selection at both designated hitter and starting pitcher for his final season with the Angels.

Ohtani hit .304/.412/.654 with a league-leading 44 home runs, leading the majors in slugging percentage, OPS (1.066) and OPS+ (184). He also had a 3.14 ERA and a 142 ERA+ in 23 starts with 167 strikeouts in 132 innings. That earned Ohtani his second unanimous AL MVP award in the last three seasons.

Ohtani has captured six All-MLB honors in the last three seasons, including first-team starting pitcher and second-team DH in 2022 and first-team DH and second-team starting pitcher in 2021.

Other Dodgers nominated in 2023 for All-MLB honors were catcher Will Smith, pitcher Clayton Kershaw, designated hitter J.D. Martinez, and closer Evan Phillips.

Dodgers named to All-MLB teams

Year 1st team 2nd team
Year 1st team 2nd team
2019 Bellinger OF Ryu SP
2020 Betts OF Kershaw SP, Seager SS
2021 Buehler SP, Scherzer* SP Urías SP, Jansen RP, T.Turner* SS
2022 Betts OF, T.Turner SS Urías SP, Freeman 1B, Smith C
2023 Betts OF, Freeman 1B
*Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in 2021 played for both the Nationals and Dodgers.