Mookie Betts

Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts (born October 7, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.[1] In 2018 he became the first player in Major League history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and World Series in the same season.[2]

Betts was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011, and made his MLB debut in the 2014 season,[3] splitting time between second base and the outfield. He became the Red Sox center fielder in 2014, before moving to right field in 2016.[4] As a relatively short natural second baseman with a high contact rate and a high level of production when pulling the ball, Betts has been compared to fellow Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia.[5][6]

Betts is also a professional tenpin bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He bowled a perfect game in the World Series of Bowling.[7]

Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts running 2018
Betts with the Boston Red Sox in 2018
Boston Red Sox – No. 50
Right fielder
Born: October 7, 1992 (age 26)
Nashville, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 29, 2014, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through July 18, 2019)
Batting average.300
Home runs124
Runs batted in434
Stolen bases121
Career highlights and awards

High school career

In 2010, his junior year at Overton, Betts batted .548 with 24 steals. In November that year, Betts signed a letter of commitment to attend the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship, also getting recruited by Vanderbilt University, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.[8]

At Overton, Betts was also a standout basketball player, named MVP of the District 12-AAA league his senior season while averaging 14.1 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals per game;[9] and also named Class AAA All-City Player of the Year for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area.[10] His junior year, Betts was named MVP of the District 12-AAA tournament.[11] Betts also excelled in bowling, named the Tennessee boys Bowler of the Year in 2010 with a high score of 290. He grew up bowling at the Donelson Strike and Spare in Donelson, TN.[12]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

The Boston Red Sox selected Betts in the 5th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft with the 172nd overall pick.[13] After protracted negotiations,[14] Betts subsequently rescinded his commitment to the University of Tennessee, signing a $750,000 contract with the Red Sox organization.[15] Betts played two games in 2011 for the GCL Red Sox of the rookie Gulf Coast League, getting two hits in four at bats.[16] In 2012, he batted .267 and stole 20 bases in 71 games for the short season Lowell Spinners of the New York–Penn League. He played shortstop regularly, but looked more comfortable at second base.[17]

Betts started the 2013 season with the Greenville Drive of the Low A South Atlantic League. In 76 games, Betts batted .296[17] with a 19-game hitting streak[18] and was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.[19]

On July 9, Betts was promoted to the Salem Red Sox of the High A Carolina League,[20] batting .341 in 51 games to complete the 2013 season with a combined .314 average in 127 games between Greenville and Salem with 15 home runs and 38 steals.[17] Betts was named Offensive Player of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year in the Boston minor league system,[21] leading all Sox minors players with a .506 slugging percentage, while his .314 batting average ranked him third behind Alex Hassan (.338) and Garin Cecchini (.322).[22] Betts was a second-team inclusion on the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team for 2013, with the first-team selection for second base going to Marcus Semien, an infielder for the Chicago White Sox.[23] Betts subsequently played 16 games for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, batting .271.[16]

Mookie Betts on July 20, 2014
Betts playing for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2014

Betts opened the 2014 season with the Portland Sea Dogs of the Double-A Eastern League,[17] batting .355 in 54 games to lead the Eastern League through June 2. On June 3, Betts was promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Triple-A International League,[24] batting .322 and reaching base in all 23 games with the PawSox.[25]

In 2013 and 2014, Betts reached base in 66 straight regular-season games plus five playoff games for a combined streak of 71 games. Because official baseball streak records do not include playoff games, Betts's streak has been listed at 66 games; Kevin Millar and Kevin Youkilis hold the official minor league record for consecutive games reaching base, at 71 games, with Minor League Baseball lacking data on the statistic prior to 1997.[26]

Since mid-May 2014, Betts has played outfield in addition to second base.[27] In 2013, four-time All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia signed an eight-year, $110 million contract extension with the Red Sox, leading to speculation that the Red Sox would groom Betts for a new position.[28][29]

Boston Red Sox


Betts was promoted to the Red Sox on June 28, 2014.[30][31] He had previously been selected for the All-Star Futures Game, but was replaced following his promotion to the Major Leagues.[32]

Betts made his debut on June 29, recording his first major league career hit against Yankees starter Chase Whitley in the fourth inning.[33] He hit his first home run on July 2 off the Cubs' Carlos Villanueva.[34] He then was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 19 when Shane Victorino was activated from the disabled list,[35] and was recalled to Boston on August 1. Betts was optioned back to Pawtucket in August, and recalled again on August 18.[36]

On August 29, Betts hit his first career grand slam against Rays pitcher Chris Archer in a Red Sox victory at Tropicana Field.[37] At age 21, Betts became the youngest Sox player to hit a grand slam in 49 years.[38][39] Betts spent most of the 2014 season playing in the outfield, but on September 11, manager John Farrell announced that Betts would play second base "fairly regularly" following injuries to regular second basemen Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt.[40]

Betts split the 2014 season fairly evenly between AA, AAA and MLB, playing 52 major league games.[41] He performed well for the Red Sox, hitting .291 with five home runs; and played over half his innings in center field.[42]


On April 6, 2015, Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox against the Philadelphia Phillies, he hit a home run in his second at bat, becoming the third youngest player to hit a home run on Opening Day for the Red Sox.[43] On April 13, 2015, in the home opener at Fenway Park against the Washington Nationals, Betts arguably had the most exciting performance of his career. He robbed Bryce Harper of a home run, stole two bases on one play and hit a home run into the Monster seats, all in the first three innings.[44]

Betts was named the AL Player of the Week for the week ending on June 21, 2015. Within that week, Betts batted .581 (18 for 31) with two home runs, two triples, three doubles, seven RBI and eight runs. He led the AL in batting average, hits, on-base percentage (.594), total bases (31), and slugging percentage (1.000) that week.[45] In the latter part of the season, he spent some time in right field, leading to speculation that he would move there permanently to allow teammate Jackie Bradley, Jr., to take over in center field.[46] Betts ended the 2015 season with a .291 batting average, with 92 runs scored, 77 RBIs, 18 home runs, and 21 stolen bases.[47]


Mookie Betts on May 31, 2016
Betts prior to a game at Camden Yards in May 2016.

Betts was selected to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, the first of his career.[48] He started in right field and was 1-for-2 with a single, and a run scored.[49][50] Betts was named the AL Player of the Month for July, when he batted .368 (35-for-95) with five home runs, 15 RBIs, five stolen bases and a 1.068 OPS in 23 games.[51] On September 20, Betts became the first player to reach 200 hits during the 2016 MLB season.[52] In 158 games played, Betts finished the season with a .318 batting average, 214 hits, 122 runs scored, 42 doubles, 31 home runs, 113 RBI, and an MLB-leading 359 total bases. His 67 multi-hit games also led MLB.[53] He also was 2nd in the league in power-speed number (28.3).[54]

With the Red Sox finishing the season 93–69, the team clinched the AL East Division, but succumbed to a 3-game sweep by the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 ALDS. Wilson Sporting Goods named Betts its Defensive Player of the Year at right field and overall among all major league fielders.[55] After the season, Betts was named a finalist for the American League MVP Award, alongside Mike Trout and José Altuve. He finished as the runner-up to Trout.

In November, Betts underwent right knee surgery.[56][57]


Mookie Betts hitting the ball (36478781664)
Betts batting in September 2017

From September 12, 2016 through to April 19, 2017, Betts maintained a streak of 129 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout. The streak ended when Francisco Liriano of the Toronto Blue Jays struck him out.[58] In a regular season game at Toronto, he tied an MLB record when he recorded 8 RBIs from the leadoff slot in a 15–1 rout of the Blue Jays on July 2, 2017. He was granted his second American League All-Star Game selection on the same day.[59] Originally chosen as a reserve, on July 3 Betts was announced as the starter in place of Mike Trout who was out due to surgery on his thumb.

Betts ended the season with a .264 batting average, 101 runs scored, 26 stolen bases, 24 home runs and 102 RBIs.[60] Betts led the Red Sox in each of those categories except batting average, as he batted just .236 from the All-Star break through September 4. Despite his solid stats on the season, Betts was criticized for his inability to turn balls in play into hits. His batting average on balls in play fell 54 points from its 2016 level, to .268.[61] He also was 3rd in the league in power-speed number (25.0).[62] He won his second consecutive Golden Glove Award this season.

2018: MVP season

On April 17, 2018, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe published a column titled, "Mookie Betts or Mike Trout: Who gets the nod?"[63] in which he compared Betts to Mike Trout, a two-time MVP widely considered the best player in baseball.[64][65][66][67] Of the 10 professional evaluators Cafardo asked, seven chose Trout and three chose Betts.[63] "To be in the same conversation as a great player like that is an honor," Betts said.[63] That same night, Betts hit three home runs to lead the Red Sox to a 10–1 win over Trout's Los Angeles Angels.[68] It was the third three-homer game of his career, tying him with Ted Williams for the most in Red Sox history.[68] Betts broke the tie with Williams and set the franchise record on May 2, hitting three home runs in a 5–4 win over the Kansas City Royals.[69] He became the first player in MLB history to produce four three-homer games before the age of 26.[69]

By May 21, Betts had amassed a major league-leading 15 home runs. He led MLB in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, extra-base hits, doubles, runs scored, runs created, and OPS+. He led Boston with 11 stolen bases, good for third in MLB. His 3.8 WAR (as calculated by was second only to Trout in the majors. His offensive success was a major factor in the Red Sox’ 32–15 start. On June 1, Betts was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 29, with a left abdominal strain; he returned to the active roster on June 11.[70] On July 6, Betts hit his 22nd home run of the season, the 100th of his MLB career.[71] He became the fourth Red Sox player to hit 100 home runs before turning 26, the others being Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice, and Ted Williams.[71] On July 8, while batting .343 with 22 home runs and 44 RBIs,[72] Betts was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game as an American League starting outfielder.[73] In a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 9, he hit for the cycle,[74] becoming the 21st player in Red Sox franchise history to accomplish the feat.[75] On September 26, Betts stole his 30th base of the season, becoming just the second player in Red Sox history to join the 30–30 club (the first was Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011).[76]

Betts finished the 2018 season leading the major leagues with a .346 batting average, a .640 slugging percentage, and 129 runs scored. For the season, he had the highest batting average on balls in play (.373) of all major league players.[77] He also was second in the league in power-speed number (31.0).[78] He had the highest fielding percentage among major league right fielders, at .996.[79] The Red Sox finished the year at 108–54, and went on to win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.[80] During the postseason, Betts hit 13-for-62 (.210) with one home run and four RBIs. After the season, Betts won his third consecutive Gold Glove,[81] and on November 15 was named the American League MVP, receiving 28 of 30 first place votes, making him the only player in American League history to win the World Series, a Gold Glove award, a Silver Slugger award, and the AL MVP in the same season.[82]


Prior to the 2019 season, manager Alex Cora stated he would use Andrew Benintendi as the team's leadoff hitter, with Betts batting second, swapping their positions from the team's usual 2018 batting order.[83] At the beginning of June, Cora announced that Betts would again be the team's leadoff hitter, for the remainder of the season.[84] At the end of June, Betts had a .261 average with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs. He was selected as a reserve outfielder to the 2019 All-Star Game.[85]


Betts is an avid bowler; he bowled throughout his youth and competed in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Series of Bowling in Reno, Nevada in 2015 and again in 2017.[86] He has bowled three perfect games, on January 27, 2013; February 2, 2016; and November 12, 2017.[87] His highest game in PBA competition is a 300 game during the World Series of Bowling on November 12, 2017.[88] In February 2019, he won the 2019 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, competing with professional bowler Tommy Jones.[89]

Personal life

Although it has been reported that Betts is a nephew of Terry Shumpert,[90] who played parts of 14 seasons with several MLB teams,[91] they are actually first cousins once removed, as Shumpert is a first cousin to Betts' mother, Diana. In 2004, Shumpert spent his final season of professional baseball with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and worked extensively with Betts.[92]

Betts' first Little League Baseball coach was his mother, Diana, who is also an avid bowler and taught Mookie to bowl at an early age.[14] Betts was named the Tennessee boys Bowler of the Year in 2010, having set Tennessee high school records that season with a 290 game and an 827 three-game series.[93] He has rolled three sanctioned 300 games and has averaged over 200 in league competition. In the 2015 offseason, Betts entered the Professional Bowlers Association's GEICO World Series of Bowling VII, which was held in Reno, Nevada.[94] In 2017 he competed once more in the event.

Betts's parents chose his name in part to form the initials MLB, matching those of Major League Baseball.[14] He has attributed his nickname Mookie to his parents watching former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock play basketball shortly after Betts was born. Betts has stated that he has never met Blaylock.[95]

His first child, a daughter named Kynlee Ivory, was born on November 6, 2018.[96]

He is a distant cousin of Meghan Markle, HRH The Duchess of Sussex.[97][98]


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Hitting for the cycle
August 9, 2018
Succeeded by
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2015 Boston Red Sox season

The 2015 Boston Red Sox season was the 115th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the five-team American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. It was third last-place finish for the team in four years.

2016 Boston Red Sox season

The 2016 Boston Red Sox season was the 116th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East for the first of three consecutive seasons with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses. In the postseason, the team was swept by the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS.

2017 Boston Red Sox season

The 2017 Boston Red Sox season was the 117th season in the team's history, and their 106th season at Fenway Park. They finished with a 93–69 record, the same as their previous season, two games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees. It was also the team's first season in 15 years without David Ortiz, due to his retirement. The Red Sox won their second straight American League East championship, the first time the team has won the division (which was established in 1969) in consecutive years; it was their ninth division title overall. In the postseason, they lost in four games in the American League Division Series to the eventual 2017 World Series champions, the Houston Astros.

2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 88th edition of the Major League Baseball All Star Game. The game was hosted by the Miami Marlins and was played at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017. It was televised nationally by Fox. The game was the first since 2002 whose outcome did not determine home-field advantage for the World Series; instead, the team with the better regular-season record will have home-field advantage. The Marlins were announced as the hosts on February 10, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; the game was the Marlins' first time hosting, leaving the Tampa Bay Rays as the only MLB franchise not to have hosted an All-Star game.

The Marlins initially were slated to host the 2000 All-Star Game, prior to having it revoked by then-National League president Len Coleman due to the concerns of both the franchise's long-term viability in the South Florida market, along with the habitually low attendance figures at Pro Player Stadium. That game was eventually moved to Turner Field in Atlanta.

The American League won, 2–1, in 10 innings. Robinson Canó, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, hit the game winning home run for the American League and was named the 2017 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2018 Boston Red Sox season

The 2018 Boston Red Sox season was the 118th season in the team's history, and their 107th season at Fenway Park. Under first year manager Alex Cora, the team finished with a 108–54 record, winning the American League East division title for the third consecutive season, and finished eight games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees. The Red Sox were the first MLB team to post 100 wins during the 2018 season, reaching that milestone for the first time since 1946; they were also the first team to clinch a berth in the 2018 postseason. The team set a new franchise record for wins in a season by surpassing the prior mark of 105 that had been set in 1912; they also won the most games by any MLB team since the 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116. Mookie Betts finished the season with the Major League batting title, hitting .346, while J. D. Martinez finished second in the majors with .330. Betts also won a Gold Glove and the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award. Closer Craig Kimbrel became the fastest player in history to reach 300 career saves, finishing the season with 333.

The Red Sox entered the postseason as the top seed in the American League, and defeated the Yankees in four games in the Division Series. They then defeated the defending champion Houston Astros in five games in the Championship Series, advancing to the World Series where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.

2018 Major League Baseball season

The 2018 Major League Baseball season began on March 29, 2018. The regular season ended on October 1, extended a day for tiebreaker games to decide the winners of the National League Central and National League West divisions. The postseason began on October 2. The World Series began on October 23, and ended on October 28 with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series championship.

The 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held on July 17 at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals. The American League won, 8–6, in 10 innings.

2018 World Series

The 2018 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2018 season. The 114th edition of the World Series was played between the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers in five games to win their fourth World Series title in 15 years dating back to 2004, and their ninth in franchise history. This was the second World Series match-up between the two franchises, after the Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers) in five games in 1916. The series was sponsored by the Internet television service YouTube TV and officially known as the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV.The Series was televised in the United States on Fox. Steve Pearce won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, while Alex Cora became the fifth first-season manager and first manager from Puerto Rico to win the World Series. The Series was notable for its third game which went for 18 innings, a World Series record.

The 2018 World Series was the first since 2000 to feature two teams which had also reached the postseason in the prior year. Additionally, the Red Sox became the first team to win two World Series exactly one century apart, as they had defeated the Chicago Cubs in 1918, while the Dodgers were the first team since the 2011 Texas Rangers, and the first NL team since the 1992 Atlanta Braves, to lose consecutive Fall Classics.

2019 Boston Red Sox season

The 2019 Boston Red Sox season is the 119th season in the team's history, and their 108th season at Fenway Park. The Red Sox enter the season as reigning World Series champions.

2019 ESPY Awards

The 2019 ESPY Awards were presented at the 27th annual ESPY Awards show, held on July 10, 2019 at 5 PM Pacific at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California and broadcast on television nationwide in the United States on ABC at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central. Tracy Morgan served as the host.

2019 Kids' Choice Sports

The 6th Annual Kids' Choice Sports Awards were held on July 11, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and will be broadcast on August 10. Hall of Fame Athlete/Talk Show host Michael Strahan will host the show for the second time, previously hosting the inaugural show in 2014.

30–30 club

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 30–30 club is the group of batters who have collected 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Ken Williams was the first to achieve this, doing so in 1922. He remained the sole member of the club for 34 years until Willie Mays achieved consecutive 30–30 seasons in 1956 and 1957. Bobby Bonds became the club's fourth member in 1969 and became the first player in MLB history to reach the 30–30 club on three occasions and ultimately on five occasions, subsequently achieving the milestone in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1978. He remained the only player to accomplish this until 1997, when his son Barry Bonds achieved his fifth 30–30 season. The most recent players to reach the milestone are José Ramírez and Mookie Betts, who achieved the feat during the 2018 season.

In total, 40 players have reached the 30–30 club in MLB history and 13 have done so more than once. Of these 40 players, 27 were right-handed batters, eight were left-handed and five were switch hitters, meaning they could bat from either side of the plate. The Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets are the only franchises to have three players reach the milestone. Five players—Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa—are also members of the 500 home run club, and Aaron, Mays and Rodriguez are also members of the 3,000 hit club. Dale Murphy, Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Larry Walker, Jimmy Rollins, Braun and Betts won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in the same year as their 30–30 season, with Bonds achieving this on two occasions (1990 and 1992). Both Mays and Rollins also reached the 20–20–20 club in the same season. Four different players accomplished 30–30 seasons in 1987, 1996, 1997 and 2011, the most in a single season.Due to the rarity of a player excelling in the combination of hitting home runs and stealing bases, Baseball Digest called the 30–30 club "the most celebrated feat that can be achieved by a player who has both power and speed." Of the 22 members eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, five have been elected and two were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months, disqualifying nine active players and six players who have been retired for less than five seasons.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Sebastian Benintendi (born July 6, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas. The Red Sox selected Benintendi in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 170 pounds (77 kg), he bats and throws left-handed.


Betts is an English surname, and may refer to

Alejandro Betts (born 1947), Argentine historian

Arnie F. Betts (1909-1993), American politician

Blair Betts (born 1980), Canadian ice hockey player

Charles Betts (born 1986), American professional wrestler better known as Chad Gable

Clive Betts (born 1950), British politician

Daisy Betts, Australian actress

Daniel Betts (born 1971), British actor

Denis Betts (born 1969), English rugby league player

Dickey Betts (born 1943), American guitarist, singer, and songwriter

Edward Betts (1815–1872), English railway contractor

Frederick Betts (1859–1944), landowner, donated Betts Park

Frederick Nicholson Betts (1906–1973), British Indian Army officer and ornithologist

Harry Betts (died 1985), jazz composer

Jackson Edward Betts (1904–1993), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio

John Betts, several people

Jonathan Betts (born 1955), British horological scholar

Jonathan Betts-LaCroix, American computer company executive

Keter Betts (1928–2005), American jazz double bassist

Ladell Betts (born 1979), American football running back

Leah Betts (1977–1995), English ecstasy-related death

Louis Betts (1873–1961), American portrait painter

Mahlon Betts (1795–1867), American carpenter, shipwright, businessman, banker

Mathieu Betts (born 1995), Canadian-American football player

Melvyn Betts (born 1975), English cricketer

Mookie Betts (born 1992), Major League baseball player

Morton Betts (1847–1914), English sportsman

Naomi Betts (born 1982), American criminal

Robert Betts (born 1981), English footballer

Roland W. Betts (born 1946), American businessman

Sally Betts, Mayor of Waverley Council (New South Wales, Australia)

Samuel Betts (1660–1733), Connecticut state representative

Samuel Rossiter Betts (1786–1868), United States congressman and federal judge from New York

Thaddeus Betts (1789–1840), United States Senator and Lieutenant Governor from Connecticut

Thomas Betts (1650–1717), member of the Connecticut House of Representatives

Todd Betts (born 1973), Canadian baseball player

Torben Betts (born 1968), English playwright and screenwriterBetts may also refer to;

Betts electrolytic process for separating lead and bismuth

the Supreme Court Case Betts v. Brady

R v Betts and Ridley, a famous case in British law

Betts Group in Australia

Larry Ruttman

Lawrence A. "Larry" Ruttman (born February 8, 1931) is an American attorney and author. He is best known for his two books of biographical cultural history, Voices of Brookline and American Jews and America's Game, and for his memoir, My Eighty-Two Year Love Affair with Fenway Park: From Teddy Ballgame to Mookie Betts.

Leadoff hitter

In baseball, a leadoff hitter is a batter who bats first in the lineup. It can also refer to any batter who bats first in an inning.

Legacy Awards (NLBM)

The Legacy Awards are presented annually by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) to the best players, managers, and executives in each league of Major League Baseball, for on- and off-the-field achievement. The awards—for performance and achievement—are named for legendary players of Negro Leagues Baseball. The awards were first presented for the 2000 Major League Baseball season.The first Legacy Awards—in 2000—were presented in November at the "Legacy 2000 Players’ Reunion and Awards Banquet", which was organized to honor the tenth anniversary of the opening of the museum and the eightieth anniversary of the establishment of the Negro National League. For the next nine years (2001–2009), each year's awards were presented at a banquet in January or February of the following year. In 2010, there was no banquet. Instead, the awards were presented at separate events at the museum and in various major-league ballparks through the spring of 2011. The twelfth annual awards (for 2011) were presented at an awards banquet on January 28, 2012.In January, 2013 Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick announced that the 2013 awards banquet would be the final one held. All further awards will be presented to the 2010 awards, at various MLB ballparks or if the award winner happens to be in Kansas City with his team to play against the Royals. The logistics of off-season travel were the primary reason cited by Kendrick for the permanent change. Indeed, of all those honored for their 2012 season only the Padres Everth Cabrera, traveling from his off-season home in Nicaragua, was able to make it to Kansas City for the January 12th banquet and presentation. Previously, the proceeds from the Legacy Awards annual banquet were used for the benefit of the museum.

List of Boston Red Sox award winners

This is a list of award winners and single-season leaderboards for the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team.


Mookie, Mooki or Mooky may refer to:


Mookie Betts (born 1992), American Major League Baseball player

Mookie Blaylock (born 1967), American former National Basketball Association player

Sam Goldberg (1909-1984), Baltimore Maryland U.S.A., Businessman, nicknamed "Mookie"

Shmuel Katz (politician) (1914-2008), Israeli writer, historian and journalist, Zionist and member of Irgun, nicknamed "Mooki"

Derrell Mitchell (born 1971), American coach and former player in the Canadian Football League

Michael Moore (offensive lineman) (born 1976), American former National Football League player

Mookie Salaam (born 1990), American sprinter

Mookie Singerman, member of the experimental grindcore band Genghis Tron and co-founder of Lovepump United Records

Darryl Watkins (born 1984), American basketball player

Mookie Wilson (born 1956), American former Major League Baseball player

Thabo Mooki (born 1974), South African footballer

Mooky the Clown, stage name of Laci Endresz Jr. who performs at Blackpool Tower Circus

Mooky, stage name of Mundzir Abdul Latif, lead singer of the band One Buck ShortOther uses:

Mooki River, in New South Wales Australia

Mookie, the central character of the 1989 Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded annually to the best defensive player at each fielding position in Major League Baseball. One overall Defensive Player of the Year is also selected each year. Unlike the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by major league managers and coaches, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by statistics using sabermetrics. In 2012, the baseball glove manufacturer Wilson created the Defensive Player of the Year Award to honor the best defensive player on each team in Major League Baseball. One award winner was selected from each league as that league's overall Defensive Player of the Year. Starting in 2014, the awards are given to the best defensive player at each position, regardless of league, and the overall award is given to only one player, regardless of league. Also in 2014, a new award was created for the best Defensive Team of the Year, regardless of league.

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