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Mookie Betts Reveals Dodgers Made Him Visit Driveline Training Complex This Offseason

Over the offseason, Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts went to Driveline, the well-known training center for baseball players. We haven’t heard many details about what motivated him to go, until Thursday when he talked to the media at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

“My employer told me I need to go. That’s how I ended up going there.”

While the trip to Driveline may not have been Mookie’s idea, he said he learned something pretty important from the process.

“That I just need to gain some strength. Continue to play the game I’ve been playing. Just get a little stronger.”

Mookie weighed about 170 last season, but he weighed in at 178 on his first morning at Camelback Ranch. What changes did he make?

“You just can’t skip the little snacks like I used to. Just got to continue to eat, eat, eat, gain a little weight, gain some strength. Hopefully that helps … We’ll see how it plays out once the season starts.”

Betts also confirmed that he’s no longer vegan and hasn’t been for a few years.

Mookie hit a career-high 35 home runs in 2022, but he also struggled with inconsistency at times. He’s hoping for a more consistent, productive season in 2023.

“It wasn’t from lack of effort. I’m always going to show up ready to play. … I was just little, man. So I had to gain my weight back.”

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

One Comment

  1. His “employer” told him he needed to go?
    I would say his employer has that right paying him $365 million dollars!

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