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Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Attributes Getting ‘Swole’ to Power Surge

This season, the top four players with the most home runs in the league all come in over six feet and at least 200 pounds. Rounding out the top five is Mookie Betts who comes in way smaller than the others at 5’9, 180 pounds.

Despite being the smallest of the bunch, Betts just clubbed his tied-for-career-high 35th home run of the season in Sunday’s game against the Red Sox. Betts’ home run reached a familiar spot as he went over the same Green Monster he was hitting homers at in his first six seasons in the league.

It may come as a surprise that Betts has alreadt tied his career high with a month left in the season. According to the man himself, though, the weight room is the answer to where he found his power.

Following Sunday’s 7-4 Dodgers win in Boston, Betts spoke with Sportsnet LA to discuss his big weekend and how he’s found his power stroke.

“It takes a lot of hard work. It may sound cliche but it is the way it is. Ive been lifitng a lot of weights trying to get swole. It’s working so far.”

Via Sportsnet LA

Betts came into this season 10 pounds heavier than he was when the Dodgers season ended in October of last year.

In the offseason, Betts attended Driveline Baseball to figure out how he could get better as he ages. The answer was gaining weight. The Dodgers star player started eating more food and going to the gym more often.

Now that he’s weighing in at 180 pounds, he’s able to get more power into his game. Lucky for him, that has directly led him towards being well on his way to setting a new career-high in home runs.

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