On Wednesday it was announced that San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski had been named to the All-MLB Second Team. It’s a tremendous honor, and one that he certainly deserves after a magnificent breakout season.
He also becomes the first Giant to make an All-MLB team, as the accolade is in only it’s second year.
In just his second season at the big league level — and his first as an Opening Day player — Yastrzemski was the Giants most valuable player, and their driving force all year long. He hit .297/.400/.568, with 10 home runs, 30 walks, and 55 strikeouts in 225 plate appearances. He had a 165 OPS+ and was worth 2.7 fWAR and 2.5 rWAR in 54 games.
Yastrzemski was joined in the Second Team outfield by Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves and Michael Conforto of the New York Mets. The First Team outfielders were Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.
Baseball was super extremely wacky and weird in 2020, but at least Yastrzemski got the credit that his season very much warranted.