TURNS 25: OCTOBER 7, 2017
FINAL RATING: 9.1
Mookie Betts has the ability to not only be the face of the Boston Red Sox franchise, but maybe the face of Boston sports when Tom Brady retires -- assuming Brady calls it quits before Betts.
Through 355 games with the Sox, Betts is hitting .304 with 54 home runs, 96 doubles and 208 RBI. Plus, he’s scored 248 times and has as many stolen bases as homers.
It first seemed like Boston’s right fielder would be a leadoff hitter, but he showed in 2016 that he’s much more than that. In the process, he earned himself a starting spot in the All-Star Game and finished as the A.L. MVP runner-up in the process.
Betts finished second in the A.L. in runs (122), hits (214) and average (.318). He also knocked in the fourth-most runs (113) and was tied for third in doubles (42). All this while launching 31 home runs (t-19th) and stealing 26 bags (sixth), too.
Betts’ quick hands give him room for error at the plate and strike fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers. All signs point to him becoming one of the all-time greats in Boston’s -- and that’s without delving into his game-changing ability on defense.