Mookie Betts is an American professional baseball player. He plays as a right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox.
Betts was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2014.
Betts is also a professional tenpin bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA).
Continue reading to find out more about Betts, his lifestyle and his net worth.
Who Is Mookie Betts?
Mookie Betts was born on October 7, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee. Mookie is the only child and son of Willie Betts and Diana Benedict.
Growing up, he attended John Overton High School and later graduated from the University of Tennessee.
Mookie Betts’ Net Worth
In 2020, Mookie Betts has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Bett began playing baseball during his junior year at John Overton High School in Nashville, Betts batted .548 with 24 steals. In November of 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.
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; and also named Class AAA All-City Player of the Year for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area. In his junior year, Betts was named MVP of the District 12-AAA tournament.
He also excelled in bowling, being named the Tennessee boy’s Bowler of the Year in 2010 with a high score of 290. He grew up bowling at the Donelson Strike and Spare in Donelson, Tennessee.
Draft and Professional Career
Betts was picked in the 5th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft with the 172nd overall pick as a 2nd baseman. He signed a $750,000 contract with the Red Sox organization.
On July 9, Betts was promoted to the Salem Red Sox of the High A Carolina League. He was later promoted to the Red Sox on June 28, 2014.
Betts made his debut on June 29, recording his first major league career hit against Yankees starter Chase Whitley in the fourth inning. He had his first grand slam against Rays pitcher Chris Archer in a Red Sox victory at Tropicana Field.
After playing with the Red Sox for five seasons (2014-2019), he was finally traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020.
Red Sox traded Betts, David Price, and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong, and Jeter Downs.
On July 22, the Dodgers signed Betts to a 12-year contract extension, through the 2032 season. The deal was worth $365 million and also included a $65 million signing bonus, making it the richest contract in Dodgers history, and the third-richest contract in the history of North American sports.
Career Highlights and Awards
6× All-Star (2016–2019, 2021, 2022)
4× Silver Slugger Award (2016, 2018–2020)
4× Fielding Bible Award (2016–2018, 2020)
5× Gold Glove Award (2016–2020)
2× Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (2016, 2018)
2× World Series champion (2018, 2020)
AL MVP (2018)
AL batting champion (2018)
30–30 club (2018)
Hit for the cycle on August 9, 2018
All-MLB Second Team (2019)
All-MLB First Team (2020)
Betts is also a pro bowler. He has been bowling since he was a kid. Betts was named the Tennessee Boys Bowler of the Year in 2010.
Betts competed in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Series of Bowling in Reno, Nevada in 2015 and 2017.
He has officially bowled three perfect games, on January 27, 2013; February 2, 2016; and November 12, 2017. His highest game in PBA competition is a 300 game during the 2017 World Series of Bowling on November 12, 2017.
In February 2019, he won the 2019 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, competing with professional bowler Tommy Jones.
Mookie Betts’ Personal Life: Wife and Children
In December 2020, Mookie and his high school girlfriend, Brann Hammond got married. They tied the knot after being in a relationship for almost two decades.
Their wedding took place in Palos Verdes, California, with only 200 guests.
The couple welcomed their first child and daughter in November 2018. Her name is Kynlee Ivory.