If you can win a gold glove playing at one of the most complicated outfields in the league, then you should be just fine playing for the Dodgers. That is exactly the case with Mookie Betts, who played six seasons in Boston’s complicated Fenway Park.
When the Dodgers traded for Mookie Betts in February of this year, it was not for defense. They traded for his MVP caliber bat, the glove was just a bonus. But Mookie has won a Gold Glove for the last four seasons, all while playing at an incredibly difficult stadium.
Fenway Park has some of the funkiest measurements in all of baseball. Leftfield in 310 feet, center field is 390 feet, and rightfield is 302 feet. But the leftfield wall measures 37 feet tall while the rightfield wall ranges from 3 to 5 feet. Complicated is an understatement when describing the dimensions in Boston.
When you go to a place you’re not familiar with, you just look around the field, it’s, ‘Okay, there’s a quirk here,’ or you see how much track you have to work with. There’s usually not too much that you need to game plan for. You just go out and play. – Mookie on playing in a new stadium
The Dodgers play under much different circumstances. Leftfield is 310 feet, centerfield is 390 feet, and rightfield is 302 feet. While the walls in right and left dip down near the foul poles, the fence height remains consistent for the remainder of the field.
There will be a lot of ground to cover, but that’s something that’s easy for me. I can just turn around and run, because I don’t have to worry about a wall, or anything like that.
From what it sounds like, Mookie is just ready to get going with the Dodgers. That remains to be seen as when he will though, with baseball continuing to be on hiatus.