Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts had his breakout season in 2016 when he led Boston from worst place in 2015 to the top of the AL East while batting .318 with 31 homers and 113 RBI. He also swiped 26 bases while playing a wicked centerfield.
He also hit three homers in a game on two separate occasions in 2016. Betts should have been named AL MVP that season, but MLB writers felt they owed it to Mike Trout for a past snub.
Unfortunately, Trout impeded The Black Knight's shot to become the first African-American to win an AL MVP award since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997.
9/25/15: Mookie Betts tracks a Chris Davis fly ball to the track and jumps over the wall to rob a home run and end the ball game Check out http://m.mlb.com/video for our full archive of videos, and subscribe on YouTube for the best, exclusive MLB content: http://youtube.com/MLB About MLB.com: Commissioner Allan H.
Betts won games with his legs, his Gold Glove and his multi-faceted hitting in a major baseball market with high fan expectations.
At 26 years old, Trout is a living baseball legend and though Betts’ performance was for a first-place team and MV- worthy -- maybe even more than Trout who had another statistically stupid season for an Angels squad that didn’t win anything -- Trout has cache.
And any season in which Miguel Cabrera is not in MVP contention, Trout is next up.
Last season was a very productive year for Betts, but his batting average dropped to .264 and he wasn't the same dominant force. He did have a sick streak of 129 at-bats without striking out and Boston won 93 games and another AL East crown , but people pay to see dudes of Betts’ caliber mash. And he didn't do enough of it in 2017 to be in MVP contention.
This season, he seems intent on getting that elusive MVP award and he’s trying to put his name at the top of the AL MVP list early in the season by accomplishing historical feats of power. Betts caught wreck on Wednesday night with his second three-homer game of the year -- he did the same against the Angels back on April 17.
Daily Recap: Mookie Betts launched three home runs off Danny Duffy, and J.D. Martinez added a two-run homer in a 5-4 victory over the Royals About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S.
The three-homer feat is one of the more difficult stats in baseball to achieve. At least it was before this season, but doing it twice in one season places Mookie in a class of 21 mostly Hall of Fame to near-Hall of Fame greats: Ted Williams, Albert Pujols, Willie Stargell, Willie Mays, Johnny Mize, Cecil Fielder, Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker and Barry Bonds have all accomplished the feat.
Sammy Sosa is the only player with three games of three homers in one season. He did that in 2001.
His multiple three-homer games this year and in 2016 puts him in a class with just one other person all-time: Johnny Mize. The former slugging first baseman accomplished the feat in 1938 and 1940.
5/31/16: Mookie Betts crushes three big flies, the first three-homer game of his career, and drives in five runs vs. the Orioles Check out http://m.mlb.com/video for our full archive of videos, and subscribe on YouTube for the best, exclusive MLB content: http://youtube.com/MLB About MLB.com: Commissioner Allan H.
Betts is as complete a player as there is in baseball. Trout continues to dominate opposing pitchers with his bat and LA is finally making some waves as they sit one game behind AL West leader Houston, but Boston has the league's best record. Betts is leading baseball in homers (11), batting average (.365), runs (32), slugging percentage (.823) and has a healthy lead in OPS (1.274).
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It’s getting more difficult to deny Mighty Mookie’s greatness. He is a five-tool performer with few weaknesses and the driving force behind Boston’s early rise to the top of baseball’s power rankings.