Who is Mookie Betts?
The 21-year old blooming center fielder has started his first entire year with the Red Sox so here are 10 things you didn’t think about Mookie Betts.
1. Betts had a .509 average his senior year.
Yes. What’s more, that wasn’t on a par with Bett’s junior year in high school when he batted .549 and stole 24 bases.
2. Baseball wasn’t the main game Mookie excelled in.
He was an extraordinary b-ball player. Betts was named MVP of the District 12-AAA league his senior season and found the middle value of 14.1 points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals at John Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
3. Betts was ten pins far from a perfect game. Betts was named the Tennessee young men Bowler of the Year in 2010 with a high score of 290.
4. Betts was on his way to the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship, yet never in a game for them.
He was drafted by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft, and played for them.
5. Terry Shumpert is Mookie Betts’ uncle.
Shumpert put in 14 years playing for the Royals, Red Sox, Cubs, Padres, Rockies, Dodgers and Devil Rays.
6. Betts once had a 19-game hit streak in the minors.
In 2013 for the Greenville Drive, Betts recorded a whopping 19 contests with a hit.
7. His folks named him “Mookie” for a particular reason.
Mookie Betts’ genuine name is Markus Lynn Betts. His mom picked those names since she needed his initials to be “MLB.”
8. Not exactly a year prior to bouncing to the majors, Betts gathered noteworthy awards in 2013.
Betts was named Offensive Player of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year while in the minor leagues in 2013 in the wake of batting .314 with 38 stolen bases that late spring.
9. Betts just played 23 games for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.
He achieved a base each and every game.
10. Betts is engaged to his fiancee Brianna Hammonds.
Both have been together since middle school.
Mookie, like other professional athletes knows the life of athlete relocation and being on the road. The life of a minor league baseball player can be tough. Betts had to ride on buses across the country just to play the game he loves. Every baseball player dreams of the day they are drafted and flushed with cash, endorsement deals, and the opportunity to own luxury real estate. What most young athletes don’t see are all the years of hard work.