In order to be the best, one must be willing to put in the hours, especially in the offseason. The superstars are the players that are always the first one to the field and last to leave — greatness does not happen in baseball by accident.
Mookie Betts is a clear-cut example of this. He is just 29 years old and has captured two World Series titles, six Gold Gloves, and an MVP trophy — and he still has much more left in the tank. His work ethic has always been something that those associated with him highlight, and members with Team USA are taking note of this now as well.
The World Baseball Classic is very special as it gives MLB players the opportunity to represent their countries — and your Boys in Blue have nine players partaking in the tournament, which only takes place every four years. Betts is set to be the leadoff hitter for Team USA, and get some run at second base.
Team USA manager and retired MLB player Mark DeRosa spoke to MLB Network on his time with the Dodgers star outfielder so far. He was more than impressed with Betts’ commitment to leading the group to victory.
“I’m blown away by his preparation, to be honest with you,” said DeRosa. “He’s out here early getting ground balls at second and short. He gets his work in, at right. He’s a pro’s pro. There’s a reason he’s a superstar.”
This is very high praise from the manager of a squad that also boasts big names such as Angels Mike Trout and Phillies (and former Dodger) Trea Turner. Betts does seem to be one of the natural leaders of this team so far and lucky for Dodgers fans, we will all get a first look at what to expect from the star slugger this coming season.
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