For Mookie Betts, it hasn’t been the year he envisioned after coming in second place in NL MVP voting in 2020. Notably, the Dodgers All-Star slugger has admitted that his season thus far has been bad. Still, his numbers were enough to garner him an All-Star selection by his peers in 2021.
Despite the nod, Betts said on Saturday that he would not participate in the game on Tuesday. His reasoning? Everything hurts… (I’m embellishing, obviously).
“Just some nagging things that I think a little time off would definitely help … I think it’s just something that I think is going to be best for myself, which in turn is going to help the team. What the decision really is about is just myself and the Dodgers.”
Markus Lynn Betts is absolutely a team-first kind of player. With that, he gets that while an All-Star Game would be fun, winning back-to-back World Series titles would be better.
“There’s just no break in baseball, and this is the only time I’ll ever get a break of more than a day. I just want to use it to the best that I can. I would love to be in the All-Star Game, but I think we all know that the goal is to win a World Series. I think this break will definitely help me to help us get to that point.”
All throughout the season, the outfielder has dealt with a myriad of nagging injuries. From his neck to his back… to dings and bruises from getting hit by pitch 8 different times in 78 games this season. But he’s stayed in the lineup as much as he can, much to the chagrin of manager Dave Roberts at times.
“He’s always going to downplay the physical toll that it’s been on him this year, which I appreciate,” Roberts said.” But I know what’s been going on under the hood.”
The Dodgers play one more game against the Diamondbacks this afternoon before taking a 4 day hiatus. The season resumes on Friday, July 16 in Colorado against the Rockies.