After the season, Betts won his third consecutive Gold Glove,[81] the Heart & Hustle Award,[82] and on November 15 was named the American League MVP, receiving 28 of 30 first place votes, making him the only player in American League history to win the World Series, a Gold Glove award, a Silver Slugger award, and the AL MVP in the same season. NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At an annual high school baseball showcase at Middle Tennessee State University in June of 2010, hundreds of kids from across the state vied to impress one of the dozens of scouts on hand. Mookie will be more than twice that. “That’s one of the better plays you’ll ever see. Tennessee and Vanderbilt were the top two that targeted him. © - use subject to the information collection practices disclosed in our Privacy Policy. When Betts crashed into the wall in center field at Fenway Park on June 12, he was hitting .237 with a .296 on-base, .381 slugging and .678 OPS. Chris Taylor injured his ankle on a throw from left field in Game 5 of the NLCS, and is day-to-day, as the Dodgers await pending test results. Five years later, Betts is celebrating his one-year anniversary in the majors. [49][50] Betts was named the AL Player of the Month for July, when he batted .368 (35-for-95) with five home runs, 15 RBIs, five stolen bases and a 1.068 OPS in 23 games. Wilson Sporting Goods named Betts its Defensive Player of the Year at right field and overall among all major league fielders. He said that every play matters, and how you play the game is important. With the exception of Mike Trout, Betts has proven to be by far the best player in baseball over the last couple of … "I kinda just looked at him. He played shortstop regularly, but looked more comfortable[16] at second base. [7], At Overton, Betts was also a standout basketball player, named MVP of the District 12-AAA league his senior season while averaging 14.1 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals per game;[8] and also named Class AAA All-City Player of the Year for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area. Follow Red Sox beat reporter @jcmccaffrey on Twitter. But the pro scouts weren't far behind as Betts batted .549 with six home runs, 37 RBIs and 24 stolen bases as a junior. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Mookie's top three average 9.2. He grew up bowling at the Donelson Strike and Spare in Donelson, TN. [4][5], Betts is also a professional tenpin bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). I don't know if it was because I was nervous or something. The trade created a lot of talk and conversation across social media. “Obviously he’s leading the league in homers, doesn’t strike out, runs the bases well. Boles gave Betts the news of his promotion. m_gallery_id = "18281093"; He leaned heavily on his family and his three best friends Andrew Montgomery, Cameron Lewis and Brandon McPhail. In November that year, Betts signed a letter of commitment to attend the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship, also getting recruited by Vanderbilt University, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. [12] After protracted negotiations,[13] Betts subsequently rescinded his commitment to the University of Tennessee, signing a $750,000 contract with the Red Sox organization. [70] On July 6, Betts hit his 22nd home run of the season, the 100th of his MLB career. Yes, it will cost more to sign Mookie to an extension. Betts has stated that he has never met Blaylock. Libra Baseball Player #2. Baseball Player #14. He tweaked his leg, sat out two games, but more than that, he used the time to analyze how and why he was struggling at the plate. "It seemed like everyone else was a lot more excited than I was. When he first went in, you couldn't get him off, you couldn't get him out. MLB outfielder who began his major league career with the Boston Red Sox in 2014 and made his first All-Star game in 2016. Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts (born October 7, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). His father manned the gate at games and his mother worked the concession stand. [10] Betts also excelled in bowling, named the Tennessee boys Bowler of the Year in 2010 with a high score of 290. The struggles will return. "I wouldn't say it's been easy," Shane Victorino, one of Betts' biggest mentors, said of the rookie's year. [11], The Boston Red Sox selected Betts in the 5th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft with the 172nd overall pick. Betts soon landed on several college coaches' radar. Betts' rapid ascension through Boston's farm system is well-documented, but began with that comfort and confidence bred in Greenville. It might be the reason why Betts can solve a Rubik's Cube in about two minutes. From September 12, 2016 through to April 19, 2017, Betts maintained a streak of 129 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout. [15] In 2012, he batted .267 and stole 20 bases in 71 games for the short season Lowell Spinners of the New York–Penn League. Take it in, Dodgers fans. [76], Betts finished the 2018 season leading the major leagues with a .346 batting average, a .640 slugging percentage, and 129 runs scored. Not only had he been playing in the Red Sox system for a year, but he was closer to home in Greenville, S.C. - about a five and half hour drive from Nashville. So you're talking about giving them the chance to alter that and so you really want to focus in more on their family life, their home life, how stable has it been, how mature is this guy going to be when he gets out on his own and all of the sudden he's responsible for cleaning his own clothes and responsible for finding his own meals.". In 2018 he became the first player in MLB history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and World Series in the same season. [61] He also was 3rd in the league in power-speed number (25.0). Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports while wearing the Will To Live Bowtie for a cause, interviews Red Sox star Mookie Betts about the WTL Foundation and why he wears the WTL Life Teammates wrist band every game! "Whether it's me getting in trouble, they said I should only have to tell you once. [23] Betts subsequently played 16 games for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, batting .271. Mookie Betts Fans Also Viewed . Born in Nashville, TN #8. Dodgers get another test against LHP Max Fried. With the play from the previous summer still fresh in his mind, he called Betts and met the 18-year-old and his mom at a nearby Cracker Barrel to talk about going pro. "You're talking about potentially changing or altering this kid's direction in life," Watkins said. They (can) just watch stuff and be able to fix a hole or repair something. Mike Morrison, who'd been the Overton High baseball coach for about 10 years when Betts arrived, had known about him since seventh grade. By the time he got to high school, Betts' reputation preceded him. that's what he always wanted to do," Diana Benedict, Betts' mother, said recently from Betts' modest townhouse on the outskirts of Nashville.