Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts has announced his intention to participate in the MLB Home Run Derby, set to take place in Seattle, during an appearance on MLB Network with Harold Reynolds.
However, Betts made it clear that there is one condition for his participation – he must first become an All-Star.
During the interview, Betts turned to Reynolds for some advice, asking, “You got any advice for me? As long as I’m an All-Star. I gotta be an All-Star first, and then I’mma do it.”
Reynolds responded by playfully stating that Betts had just earned a lot more votes for the All-Star Game, implying his confidence that Betts would indeed make it to the prestigious event.
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Betts is having a remarkable season for the Dodgers, showcasing his prowess at the plate. According to Fangraphs, he currently boasts a .269 batting average, a .371 on-base percentage, 17 home runs, and an impressive 144 weighted runs created plus (wRC+).
With such solid numbers, it seems highly likely that Betts will secure a spot on the All-Star roster.
As one of the game’s brightest stars and playing for one of the most popular teams, Betts has consistently lived up to his reputation.
The anticipation surrounding his participation in the Home Run Derby is building, and fans are eager to witness his performance if he fulfills his promise.
While Betts possesses the ability to hit home runs, his smaller stature may present a challenge in the derby. The physical demands of the event could potentially tire him out earlier than some of his larger competitors.
Nevertheless, if Betts manages to emerge victorious in the Seattle Home Run Derby, it would be a remarkable accomplishment.
But first, he has to actually make the team.