Dodgers: Watch Mookie Betts’ 400-foot bomb against Diamondbacks
Mookie Betts makes Dodger Stadium look small.
Los Angeles Dodgers fans have been waiting to see Mookie Betts in Dodger blue since the team acquired him in the offseason. After a near four-month delay, the superstar outfielder is finally showing off his skills at Chavez Ravine.
Playing in their second exhibition game against real competition, Betts took Arizona Diamondback starter Taylor Clarke deep for a three-run home run that landed several rows into the new outfield seats in Dodger Stadium.
The ball traveled 413 feet with an exit velocity of 103.2 MPH, per Statcast data. The long ball gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead.
Earlier in the inning, teammate Joc Pederson hit a two-run shot to open the scoring.
Mookie Betts is trying to prove he is still worth a mega contract this offseason.
The Dodgers traded young outfielder Alex Verdugo along with two prospects (Jeter Downs and Connor Wong) to Boston for both Betts and starter David Price. After the season was put in peril due to the coronavirus pandemic and Price decided to opt out this season, it’s been logical to suggest the Dodgers have already lost out from the trade.
However, if Betts can prove to be a difference-maker over a 60-game schedule and the playoffs to help Los Angeles win their first World Series since 1988, it will all be worth it.
So far, playing in intra-squad games and two exhibitions, Betts seems to be feeling right at home at the plate. He will bat lead-off in a lineup that is stacked with sluggers, including reigning National League MVP Cody Bellinger, who hit a grand slam home run last night.
Betts is set to become a free agent after this season where he will enter a market deeply impacted by the coronavirus that will keep fans from attending games this season.