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Dodgers Teammate Key to Mookie Betts’ Ascension at Shortstop

While Miguel Rojas hasn’t played every game, he has been putting in the work for hours on end. He has also been key in the ascent of Mookie Betts as the Los Angeles Dodgers everyday shortstop.

“(Rojas) has made the process tough, but fun,” Betts told the Los Angeles Times. “When you have a resource like that, it makes things a little bit easier.”

Rojas’ hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel is extremely appreciative of having another set of hands working with Betts, Gavin Lux, and Max Muncy turning them into one of the best infield units in baseball.

“It’s unbelievable what he’s done — he’s putting all this hard work in, not just for himself, but for the team,” Ebel said of Rojas. “He’s given Mookie advice, shown him routines … I couldn’t ask for anything better from my end, because player-to-player is always the best thing, especially when an elite defender like Miggy is giving Mookie tips.

“They’ll listen to coaches, and I can stay on them about making sure they get their work in and the footwork and throwing through the base, blah-blah-blah. But when a great defender like Miggy is putting all that he has into Mookie, it means so much more player-to-player than coach-to-player.”

Rojas eventually would like to be a big league manager. If this is his tryout to be on a coaching staff when his contract expires, he is well on his way.

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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