Mookie Betts is probably one of the biggest stars in baseball today. Fans should know, however, that the 25-year-old isn’t an overnight success. A combination of grit, hard work, and talent brought the five-foot-nine Mookie Betts to where he is now.
Raised in Nashville, Markus Lynne Betts intentionally shares initials with Major League Baseball. His uncle Terry Shumphert played 14 seasons in the MLB while his mother was an avid bowler. Before baseball, Mookie Betts found success in the alleys. In fact, Betts was Bowler of the Year in 2010 in Tennessee. But during a high school baseball showcase, a Red Sox scout spotted Bett’s raw talent in closing in on a base
In three years since being scouted, Mookie made his debut with the Red Sox in 2014. In 2017, he earned his second American League All-Star Game distinction as well as his second Golden Glove. In the team’s latest season, he streaked 129 plates with no strikeout. His meteoric rise and stats compare Mookie Betts to another terrific star Dustin Pedroia.