First, he drew a walk from Rays starter Tyler Glasnow. After Mookie Betts made spectacular play after spectacular play in the postseason -- including two home run robberies and a key catch of a sinking liner in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series -- it should come as no surprise that Betts is the NL Gold Glove winner for right field. Then he stole second and became a hero to fans everywhere with the munchies by earning them a free taco through a promotion tied to stolen bases, which happen to be enough of an anachronism in baseball that seeing one in a game is double-take-worthy. They do those things consistently. Trading Betts and Price slashed approximately $43 million off Boston's 2020 payroll, and positions the team to be able to spend heavily after the season and exceed the luxury tax threshold with significantly fewer penalties. Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Boston Red Sox fans are angry. Perez's 2021 salary escalated by $250,000 to $5.75 million and Barnhart's by $250,000 to $4 million. It's definitely something I want to be a part of. But if you ask some corners of Red Sox fandom, Betts did not enthusiastically sign an extension with the Red Sox because some fans believe he didn't enjoy playing in Boston. Dodgers' Betts awarded 5th straight Gold Glove, Betts, deGrom among finalists for MLB awards, Postseason performers who helped their Hall of Fame cases, From Mookie's magic to Game 6 heroics: 10 moments that made Dodgers the World Series champs, Big catches, free tacos and LeBron: How Mookie Betts became the social media star of the World Series, Passan: The oddest of World Series ends with the most 2020 moment of the season, Social media reacts to the Dodgers winning the 2020 World Series, Betts cranks an insurance homer in the eighth, How valuable is Mookie Betts? The team's approach to this winter has been centered on owner John Henry's stated desire to get under the luxury tax threshold and reset the penalties the Red Sox have paid in recent years. Although postseason play doesn't factor into the awards, Betts' catch of Dansby Swanson's line drive in the third inning might have saved the game -- and the Dodgers' season. Martinez opting in to his contract, the Red Sox had backed themselves into a corner. "That is what you need to win baseball games this time in the year.". Still, the deal made Tuesday means the Red Sox avoid the risk of keeping Betts on the roster for 2020 despite no guarantees for the future, while making the safest move long term, acquiring the strongest package of players they could for him. Though Betts did enjoy playing in Boston, his priority wasn't to remain with the Red Sox for life -- it was, and continues to be, maximizing his value in a sport without a hard salary cap. Baseball is twisted that way. Star outfielder Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a 12-year, $365 million extension that keeps the former American League MVP … If Bogaerts had entered free agency after his 2019 season, when he hit .309/.384/.555 with 33 homers and 117 RBIs, he would undoubtedly have received more lucrative contract offers than the six-year, $120 million deal he got from the Red Sox. Boston Red Sox fans are angry. Arenado and Robert earned $9,259, prorated portions of $25,000, and St. Louis left fielder Tyler O’Neill earned $3,704, a prorated portion of $10,000. Subtracting the production of Betts from the lineup and the outfield and removing Price from the rotation makes Boston a significantly weaker team on Opening Day. Betts, Freddie Freeman and Manny Machado are the finalists for NL MVP. Balloting for the BBWAA awards was completed before the start of the postseason. Both were traded by the Boston Red Sox: Ruth to the New York Yankees in a 1919 deal that history considers sports' greatest all-time fleecing and Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers this year in a far-less-lopsided yet still emotionally consuming swap. Five players to watch in the KBO playoffs, Which World Series is the best ever? In the American League, Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez won his second straight Gold Glove and Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon won his fourth in a row and the eighth of his career. In the National League, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (fourth overall) and second baseman Kolten Wong of the Cardinals (second overall) were winners. Gordon, Indians second baseman Cesar Hernandez, White and Wong earned $18,519 bonuses, prorated portions of $50,000. With spring training right around the corner, Boston is bringing in Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol -- young talent the team hopes will be a big part of its future -- while one of Boston's most popular players is leaving town, along with another World Series hero in starting pitcher David Price. You can't ask for anything more than that. That's why they entered the postseason as -- and remain -- distinct World Series favorites. The Cardinals did not pick up Wong's $12.5 million team option for 2021, so he takes his Gold Glove into free agency. The fifth inning in particular, with Betts running and Glasnow battling and the Dodgers' lineup peppering RBI singles all over the field, might as well have been staged by players wearing flannel uniforms. But over the past few weeks, trade negotiations heated up. MOOKIE BETTS IS NOT AS GOOD AS MIKE TROUT SO HE SHOULD NOT BE PAID MORE THAN MIKE TROUT. After Betts' slide around Zunino, the Dodgers followed with an RBI single, an RBI single and an RBI single. When it came to an extension, Betts wasn't going to accept less than what he was worth on the open market, and Boston didn't feel comfortable making the financial commitment necessary to prevent him from hitting free agency. Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, known for his fielding wizardry, struggled at the plate in 2020 but won his first Gold Glove, beating Swanson, who led all shortstops in DRS. It was like a time warp back to the '80s, before front offices believed that to make a stolen base worthwhile you need about an 80% success rate. He heaved his body toward home -- batting glove sticking out of his right rear pocket, sliding glove on his left hand, gold chain flopping around like it hadn't a care in the world. Mattingly guided the Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season. The 25-year-old Lewis hit .262 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs in 58 games. Tingler and Ross just completed their first seasons as big league skippers. A lot of eyes are on you here, and I've learned if you don't embrace it, it may eat you up. Without him, the Dodgers don't become the first team since 1991 to homer twice and swipe three bases in a World Series game. Now, that superstar is headed to Hollywood to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gordon finishes his career as one of the greatest defensive left fielders of all time. A double steal, which Betts and Corey Seager then pulled off, is practically unheard of. ESPN hosts discuss whether or not Mookie Betts owes loyalty to the Dodgers by Brook Smith 03/30/2020, 6:00 AM The last thing that Dodgers fans want to … It's not right, really, and it's not reasonable, especially considering that Betts might have left via free agency anyway. Clayton Kershaw earned a Best Supporting Actor statuette, and sundry other Dodgers earned their scale, but Betts, on baseball's biggest stage, surrounded by some of its best players, managed to differentiate himself. After Mookie Betts made spectacular play after spectacular play in the postseason — including two home run robberies and a key catch of a sinking liner in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series — it should come as no surprise that Betts is the National League Gold Glove winner for right field. "So to be able to win a Gold Glove is something I will never, ever take for granted.". Miami also lost 105 games last year. In 2020, Markus Lynn Betts, better known as Mookie, drew a walk and stole two bases in the fifth inning of a World Series game. In 2020, Markus Lynn Betts, better known as Mookie, drew a walk and stole two bases in the fifth inning of a World Series game. Bieber is the heavy favorite after the 25-year-old right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 77⅓ innings, leading the majors in wins, ERA and strikeouts. 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His 42.0 WAR through his first six seasons is seventh in MLB history, trailing only Hall of Famers -- or future Hall of Famers -- Ted Williams, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Jackie Robinson, Wade Boggs and Joe DiMaggio. It was 8-1 an inning later, with the first of those runs coming on a Betts opposite-field home run around the same vicinity where in NLCS Games 6 and 7 he made spectacular catches against the wall. Copyright ©2020 Global News Archive | All rights reserved. You root for the spreadsheet column that tracks this year's net profitability for one of many divisions of a billionaire's company's portfolio. He does it for these games, those moments, the piece of metal that allows baseball players to call themselves champions. And, for what it's worth, Boston's projected win total only dipped a single game at Caesars Sportsbook -- from 87.5 to 86.5. The Braves, up 3-1 in the series, led 2-0 with runners at second and third and one out when Betts made his grab, with Marcell Ozuna then ruled out for leaving third base early. Boston traded Mookie Betts because it believes its best long-term interests included dealing one of the greatest players in franchise history, and that the team can weather the PR storm the deal has created. "You meet a lot of people. Almost instantly, he embraced his position as the team's fulcrum, even amid stars, homegrown players and others with tenure. Perez’s 2021 salary escalated by $250,000 to $5.75 million, and Barnhart’s by $250,000 to $4 million.