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Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Mookie Betts will be ‘every-day second baseman’ for Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will make All-Star Mookie Betts “the every-day second baseman” next season.

Speaking on the MLB Network on Monday, Roberts put to the rest the notion of Betts part-timing in both the infield and outfield as the Dodgers look to win the National League West for the third year in a row.

“It’s pretty safe to say that No. 50, Mookie Betts, is going to be our every-day second baseman,” Roberts said.

Betts, 31, was the Dodgers’ second baseman against righties last year. But second base is Betts’ preferred position, and he thought it’d be easier to stick to one position. The Dodgers also believe that playing second base is easier on his body.

Last season, he started nearly as many games at second base (62) as he did in right field (77). He also made 12 starts at shortstop, his first career appearances at the position.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2023 at 09:24 AM | 37 comment(s)
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Monday, October 30, 2023

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hopes MLB teams consider signing ‘awesome guy’ Trevor Bauer, report says

“My experience with Bauer is not anything remotely close to what everyone else’s experience is. I love him. I think he’s an awesome guy. The personal things? I have no control. I have no say. Obviously, nothing ever came from it,” Betts told the Los Angeles Times.

“He’s an awesome pitcher. He’s a great guy, somebody who wants to take the mound every fifth day. But, at the end of the day, I don’t make the decision. That’s a decision that’s not as simple as baseball.”

Bauer and a woman who accused him of beating and sexually assaulting her in 2021 settled their legal dispute this month, according to Bauer’s attorneys. Bauer was placed on administrative leave by MLB in July 2021 after the allegations were made by the woman, who said Bauer assaulted her on two different occasions at his home in Pasadena during what she said began as consensual sexual encounters between them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2023 at 11:51 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, trevor bauer

Monday, September 25, 2023

Betts sets ‘remarkable’ record with 105 RBIs as a leadoff hitter

Mookie Betts hit a two-run double in the eighth inning on Saturday night, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder 105 RBIs, the most ever by a leadoff hitter.

During a 7-0 victory over the rival San Francisco Giants, Betts doubled to center off San Francisco’s Ross Stripling, scoring Austin Barnes and David Peralta and extending the Dodgers’ lead to seven runs. Betts doubled in the seventh too and walked twice for the National League West champions.

Entering the game, Betts had been tied with Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies at 103 RBIs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 25, 2023 at 12:24 PM | 65 comment(s)
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Friday, August 25, 2023

Mookie Betts denies report of Red Sox offering $300 million, ahead of his return to Fenway Park

At the time, Betts was entering the final year of his contract, and he was due to become a very, very rich man. The Red Sox determined that they could not sign him, so they traded him to the Dodgers, getting Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong and Jeter Downs in return.

One report from Lou Merloni said that the Red Sox had offered Betts a 10-year, $300 million contract. Speaking with The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham this week in Cleveland, Betts said that offer was never put forth by the Red Sox.

“That never happened,” Betts said of the reported $300 million offer. “I know that’s out there and people say what they’ve got to say. But no, they didn’t do that. They didn’t.”

While Betts has clearly moved on to greener pastures in Los Angeles, he still insists he would have loved to remain in Boston for his entire career.

“Most people don’t believe it, but why would I lie about that? I did. That was my team,” Betts told Abraham. “Just because I didn’t take an offer didn’t mean I didn’t want to be there. There’s a business component to the game. We were looking for houses in Boston. We thought it was going to work out. I thought both sides were playing the slow game and it would eventually work out. We were negotiating, that’s what I thought.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2023 at 05:20 PM | 72 comment(s)
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