Mookie Betts has been a fan favorite since he joined the big league club in 2014. For a better part of the last three years, he has patrolled right field, and done an excellent job at it.
He’s finished in the top six of MVP voting the last two years, including a runner-up in 2016, which was his breakout onto the world stage.
Much for the same reasons as Devers, Betts is loved by fans for the joy and passion he brings. You would be hard pressed to find a Red Sox player who plays harder than he does. But fans also love him because he produces, and produces at a high clip.
His 2017 season was definitely a step back, but he was still the same player on defense. Hopefully a change in management and coaching can help him get back to MVP form again.
It is impossible to go to a game at Fenway Park and not see thousands of people wearing a number 50 jersey.
It was a tough choice to put Betts at number two, because he would be number one for most teams. But the number one choice for the Red Sox is pretty easy.