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Teoscar Hernández is Trying to Emulate the Dodgers’ Big Three of Betts, Ohtani, Freeman

In an offseason that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers commit more than $1.2 billion dollars in future contracts to free agents, their relatively modest one-year, $23.5 million deal to Teoscar Hernández has proven to be one of the most valuable in 2024.

Hernández has been a great addition for the team. He’s been among the team’s best hitters, which has been crucial when other players in the lineup aren’t having their best day. So far this season, Hernández has slashed .266/.333/.516 with 16 home runs, 14 doubles, 48 RBIs, and four stolen bases. He is seventh in MLB in home runs and RBIs, and tied for eighth in total bases.

Hernández was dynamite for the Dodgers during last weekend’s series against the New York Yankees, posting six hits (three consecutive multi-hit games), three runs, three home runs, and nine RBIs.

While Hernández has been strong in his own right this year, he’s still trying to emulate the three guys ahead of him in the lineup — Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani, and Freddie Freeman.

“You try to do everything that they do: How they prepare, how they do things in the clubhouse, batting cage and on the field,” Hernández told Bill Ladson of “It’s not a surprise by the things that they have done during their careers. They have been doing it for 10 years. It’s great. You have to take something away from those guys, and put it into your career and try to get the same results.”

Regardless of how well Hernández has played, it’s only good for him to try and take after the Dodgers’ top three, even if he has outperformed them at points this season. After all, those three have combined for 17 All-Star Game nods, three MVP awards, nine All-MLB first-teams, and 11 Silver Slugger awards among many other awards the trio holds. Hernández himself was an All-Star in 2021 and a two-time Silver Slugger, but there’s still plenty for him to pick on from his peers.

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Eva Geitheim

Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.

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