As the Dodgers became the kings of the West in the National League, Mookie Betts not only contributed with his hitting but also with his terrific glove, being one of the most capable and complete outfielders in all of baseball.
Mookie Betts is having one of the most impressive seasons of his career, smacking a personal high of 34 long balls, .558 SLG and leading the majors in runs scored (110).
As we head into October, where Betts and the Dodgers will try again to be champions after making it in 2020, we take a look at some highlights of five-tool-player Mookie Betts, which will leave you open-mouthed in amazement.
Second base, no problem
Since his days with Boston in the last decade, we have seen very little of Betts playing second base. In September, "Mookie" did it again and looked comfortable, even to the point of executing a highlight reel toss, linking up with teammate Trea Turner to get a force out at second base in the third inning.
In that same game against San Diego, "Mookie" reached his personal best in a season, going yard for the 33rd time in 2022. The Dodgers outfielder already has 34, fourth in the National League, and is trying to overtake leader Kyle Schwarber (37).
Played catch with a fan
The Dodgers visited Milwaukee, and it was enough for one fan to hold up a sign that read, "Mookie wanna play catch?" The outfielder took notice and was determined to fulfill the fan's dream. This is not a typical highlight on the diamond, but it is a beautiful and valuable moment that any baseball fan would want to experience. Mookie made it happen.
Spectacular when it matters
Great catches are even more valuable when the team needs them, and what Betts did against the Giants could have saved the Dodgers from potential disaster. With a spectacular diving catch, Mookie extinguished the threat to end the game and take the win.
Milwaukee also suffered from Betts' "magic" when the right fielder made a great catch to prevent a run, which at the time meant the tying run for the Brewers.
Hitting dingers as a habit
Few things are more satisfying than the sound of the bat on a loud home run. In 2022, Betts has become used to hitting real bombs, increasing his attractiveness to people who go to the park to watch him play.
All of Betts' home runs came with him batting first in the lineup, setting a Dodgers all-time record for most home runs (34) out of the leadoff spot in a single season. Joc Pederson held the previous mark, with 33 long balls as the leadoff hitter in 2019.
Speed? You got it
Those days of 20-30 stolen bases per season are long gone, although Betts still has the speed to surprise catchers and fly from first to second base.
The right fielder is having his best season as a Dodger in terms of stolen bases with 12, and this number could increase in the remaining games of the campaign. Seeing Betts' intensity when running the bases is an example of leaving his all on the field.