After six successful years with the Boston Red Sox, slugger Mookie Betts is officially a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was formally introduced in LA today and gave a few fascinating insights into who he is and what he offers the team. But it was the question of his No. 50 jersey – which he’s had his entire career – which caught special attention.
In a today’s introductory press conference, Betts was asked point-blank about his jersey number choice. The newly-minted Dodger had a rather simply response to the question.
“That’s why I keep No. 50 – because no one wants it,” he said.
“That’s why I keep No. 50 because no one wants it.” – Betts on his #
— Vincent Samperio (@VinceSamperio) February 12, 2020
Betts is a four-time All-Star and was named AL MVP in 2018 en route to World Series honors. His other accolades include three Silver Slugger awards, four Golden Gloves, a battle title, and membership in the 30-30 club.
Now he’s a member of the Dodgers, and he’ll get a chance to contribute to a team that went 106-56 in 2019.
At 27 years of age, he still has some of his best professional years right in front of him.
The future certainly looks bright for Betts and his No. 50 jersey moving forward. What kind of an impact will Betts have for the Dodgers in 2020?