Any time you have a chance to sign a Betts with a great sense of humor, you’ve got to do it. For the Dodgers, two appears to be better than one.
LA’s mega-deal with Mookie was apparently only step one in their master plan to collect all the Best Betts, and they’ve now plundered the minor-league pool for an additional name during the dog days of the MLB Lockout.
The last time we saw the Long Beach, CA native, he was catching for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits, hitting .117 across 23 games … but he’s only two seasons removed from drilling 19 homers in 110 games with a .210 average/.333 OBP at High-A Bowling Green.
He’s also hilarious.
Betts welcomed the chance to join the Dodgers’ extensive pile of catching depth with an “Office” meme, an announcement that he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and a helpful reminder that he has nothing to do with that other guy.
New Dodgers prospect Chris Betts isn’t related to Mookie.
Now, if Chris Betts reveals he’s also an expert bowler, then we’ll start to get concerned.
For now, though, we’ll simply have to acknowledge that there’s a second, completely unique Betts in our lives, one who apparently used to work for Ed Truck (pre-decapitation).
This isn’t the first time Betts has shown off his personality online, of course. His pinned tweet features him laying waste to some random neighborhood children who thought having a professional baseball player in town was going to be all fun and games.
They were incorrect.
“Oh, God” is right.
Betts has faced adversity in his career, undergoing Tommy John surgery shortly after being drafted, but has overcome it, too, slugging those 19 homers and putting himself back on the prospect map before his 2021 progress was a bit stunted.
The Dodgers might have the most complete system of catchers in the game today, but Betts hopes to slug his way to the top of the pile — or, at least, make a great second impression on Twitter, too.