Dodgers fans have the next 12 years to get to know everything about Mookie Betts and what makes him tick. But if you’re looking for someone that’s had a front row view for most of Mookie’s career, look no further than Joe Kelly.
The legend Joe Kelly played alongside Betts since being traded to the Red Sox at the 2014 trade deadline. Over the years, Kelly has learned a thing or two about his MVP teammate. One thing in particular Joe pointed out in a conversation with Dodger Talk host Dave Vassegh that Mookie thrives on seeing his teammates be successful.
Mookie thrives off other guys in the lineup performing. And not just hits. When Mookie sees guys take a ball that’s close to a strike and get a walk, that pumps him up.
The perfect type of person you want on your bench. If there is one thing Dodgers fans and even media folks have learned early about Betts is that he strongly prefers to talk about his team and teammates over himself. He lights up when he gets to talk about a big moment from Cody Bellinger or even Austin Barnes.
Since August 11, Austin Barnes is batting .538 (7-13). Joe Kelly revealed that Barnesy has been working with Mookie Betts on the side.
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) August 15, 2020
In fact, Joe Kelly tipped us on some conversations between Austin and Mookie.
So I know Austin Barnes going deep last night was huge. I know Barnesy and Mookie have been talking baseball — talking hitting particularly — and I know Mookie has been helping out Barnes on the side a little bit. I don’t want to put it all out there. … When Mookie sees success, it just makes him a little bit better.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the offensive resurgence in Barnes over the last week. After hitting an all time low, the Dodger catcher has 7 hits in his last 13 at-bats, raising his average from .091 to .257. He even connected on his first home run since last June. Yes, June of 2019.
Surely you can’t blame it all on the Mookie, but you also cannot argue the results.
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