Dodgers: Mookie Betts Did Not Think MLB Was Effective With Social Justice Change

Mookie Betts made his first appearance at a press conference with the Dodgers during the second rendition of Spring Training today. Among other things, Mookie discussed the Black Lives Matter movement across baseball and around the world. In his mind, MLB fell short. 

Betts talked about the his potential free agency and David Price’s opt-out as well, but it was his statement on baseball that grabbed everyone’s attention. The Dodgers’ star did not seem very impressed with the way baseball chose to handle speaking out during this time of racial injustice and social change

Yeah, I think baseball did not do a good job with that. But I think voices were heard and I think that’s the main thing is that we get our voices heard to make some changes. I know it’s not all gonna be at one time, but a little change here, a little change there and eventually we’ll get to where we need to be. 

Baseball certainly gave players a chance to have their voices heard, but there was not much done beyond that. Donations will always be made, but it did seem as though there were not many efforts to do much more. The Dodgers also haven’t said or done much, but there have been small changes. Betts talked about what he needed to do personally, and what he felt baseball could do in general. 

Obviously it’s more of a personal thing that I have to bring baseball into the black communities. Obviously MLB can help but I think it’s on us, us as in the black players, to bing it to black communities. And kind of make baseball cool, because I think that’s where the disconnect is. 

You can check out the whole interview here, where Mookie talks about coming to the Dodgers and the possibility of a free-agent deal on the horizon. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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    • Figures mike would somehow have a problem with social equality. I’m guessing you don’t believe it’s an actual problem for many people as you live in your bubble

      • Social inequality? You mean in a nation where black men and women can make millions paying baseball, becoming leaders in business and in politics. Were blacks can become doctors and lawyers, make a living creating songs, living in beautiful homes, getting medical care. Where black men and women can vote for their future, are able to go to sporting events, enjoying the same thing others can? Where they have access to schools even if they choose not to go? That inequality? You must love being a victim because without victimhood, there would be no excuse for failure.

  1. Yes, America is so racist, it elected a black President, twice. You get triggered by the most basic question you still cannot answer because reality does not exist in your narrative of life.

    • First you were triggered by Mookie Betts statement and now I have triggered you into making 4 comments for me. It’s so easy to lay the bait and watch you bury yourself

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