Dodgers’ Mookie Betts wins sixth career Gold Glove Award

He was originally an infielder by trade and still enjoys the occasional cameo playing at second base.

However, now Mookie Betts knows where he is most valued defensively.

“They pay me,” the Dodgers outfielder joked more than once this season, “to catch flyballs.”

On Tuesday, that fact was proven again when Betts was named the Gold Glove Award winner in right field for the sixth time in his career, earning him the most out of any active current player position.

Betts beat out the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Daulton Varsho and the San Diego Padres’ Juan Soto for the award, which was his second as a member of the Dodgers and the first since his five-year streak a season ago when injuries hampered defensive performance.

The 2022 season was a different story for the 30-year-old former MVP.

Betts had the third-highest field percentage among qualified right fielders in the National League and tied for fourth with eight assists (his most from right field since 2019).

He had the second most defensive runs saved at the position as calculated by Sports Info Solutions and was named that outlet’s Fielding Bible Award winner in right field.

He also ranked only behind Varsho in Baseball Savant’s above-average metric among NL right fielders.

Most importantly, he ranked all NL right fielders on SABR’s Defensive Index, which is used in conjunction with MLB executives and coaching staff to determine Gold Glove winners at each position.

Betts started at second base five times during the year, usually to give him an occasional rest break in a less physically demanding position. But once again, it was his play in right field — where he had several highlight catches and throws to aid the Dodgers’ acclaimed defense — that shone most.

The Dodgers’ other Gold Glove Award finalist, pitcher Tyler Anderson, was bested by the Atlanta Braves’ Max Fried.

The Angels also had two finalists in utility player Luis Rengifo and left fielder Brandon Marsh, who was still listed as an American League finalist despite being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies as of deadline.

However, they were also both beaten, with the New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu winning among the AL Utility players and the Cleveland Guardians’ Steven Kwan winning the left field award. Dodgers’ Mookie Betts wins sixth career Gold Glove Award

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