The MLB announced that Giancarlo Stanton was the 2017 NL MVP Award winner this afternoon. Unfortunately, this is the one award that the Dodgers did not have a finalist on the board. So I decided to look into, who is the Dodgers team MVP.
A big reason why the Dodgers don’t have a finalist in the final 3 is that this team is your definition of a TEAM. We saw throughout the season that it wasn’t just one player carrying the load to help the Dodgers win 104 games. Instead, it was a collective group of guys that stepped up in various moments.
The Dodgers had five players finish in the top 22 in voting by the BBWAA. Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner each received votes for NL MVP. Turner earned the most points with 43, edging out Bellinger’s 38 points to finish 8th in the voting. But that shouldn’t take away from their performances this season because it’s not their fault this team’s success was built on everyone doing their part.
Throughout the season we saw moment after moment every man on the roster do their part to give this team their 5th consecutive division title. We saw Justin Turner lead the league in hitting for about a third of the season, and a rookie who was not on the opening day roster set the National League home run record in just 132 games. Up and down the lineup there were big contributors to the Dodgers successful season.
But who was the stand out of the bunch?
There are several viable candidates. From Chris Taylor surprisingly stellar season, to the reinvention of Yasiel Puig. Let’s pitch the case for each of these viable options.