If you were to rattle off a power ranking of the MVP of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season, Chris Taylor would be listed near the top.
If you think about it, the only players that can hold a candle to Taylor are Walker Buehler, Max Muncy, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner.
Clayton Kershaw would’ve been on that list if he never got injured, but he’s missed too much time at this point to rank ahead of any of those studs.
The bottom line is Taylor deserves as much recognition as anyone for the Dodgers’ success this year and we’re hoping they prioritize re-signing him this offseason.
You might be wondering what’s up with all the random Taylor praise. Well, for starters, he deserves it.
Secondly, however, the 2021 All-Star found himself trending on social media when he posted a hilarious dugout photo alongside Bellinger, Seager and AJ Pollock.
Dodgers star Chris Taylor trolled himself in his latest Instagram.
Credit to Taylor for coming up with the laugh-out-loud caption, but can we show some love to photographer Jon SooHoo? In terms of capturing raw behind-the-scenes moments, this is easily one of the pictures of the Dodgers season.
While Belly, Seager and Pollock were busy rewatching their last at bats or studying fielding instructions, Taylor was entirely fixated by his cleat. Did a rock find its way in there? Was the sole jarred loose somehow? Or was he simply re-lacing?
We’ll probably never know, but that takes nothing away from the hilarity behind this picture. In Taylor’s defense, though, he probably doesn’t need mid-game pointers.
Despite being a positionless player — that somehow drastically undersells his versatility — he’s providing excellent defense while hitting .278/.369/.476 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 121 hits, an .849 OPS, and 85 runs scored.
To put those numbers into perspective, Taylor ranks first on Los Angeles in games played (121), runs, hits, stolen bases (13), triples (four) and total bases (207), as well as second in doubles (24) and third in batting average.
That includes posting the undisputed funniest Instagram on the team. Seriously, what can’t the 30-year-old star do? Now that we’ve put it into words, Taylor might be neck-and-neck with Buehler for the Dodgers’ 2021 MVP award.
As far as Instagram posts go, well, suffice it to say Taylor takes the cake in a landslide over anyone else on the team.