The MLB playoffs are in full swing, however with a do-or-die recreation Thursday set to find out who will tackle the Atlanta Braves for the Nationwide League championship, it appears to be like like one of many groups combating for his or her season will now have to take action with out one among their largest stars: Mookie Betts has left the LA Dodgers to begin a solo profession enjoying baseball by himself.
Wow! Whereas that is undoubtedly unhealthy information for the Dodgers, it’s nice to see Betts pursuing his goals.
In an announcement launched by his agent earlier at present, the five-time all star introduced that he’s resigning from the Dodgers efficient instantly and can as a substitute proceed his skilled baseball profession as a solo participant, permitting him the liberty to play the sport in a method he’s at all times dreamed of however has by no means been in a position to beneath the MLB rulebook. Any further, Betts says he’ll play the game by and in opposition to himself, exploring never-before-tried methods and gameplay parts resembling dribbling, scoring based mostly on dwelling run distance, the choice to put on shorts, operating bases in nontraditional order, and one thing he calls “the Final Bunt Gauntlet.”
“I’m perpetually grateful for my years with Main League Baseball and all of the alternatives it’s afforded, but it surely’s time for me to start enjoying the sport I really like by myself phrases,” defined Betts. “Although stepping away from my workforce within the warmth of the pennant chase was not a straightforward choice, I’ve so many concepts for the game that simply aren’t possible inside a workforce dynamic. The form of baseball I need to play requires artistic flexibility. I would like the liberty to strive revolutionary new issues like enjoying with a number of baseballs without delay, pitching from completely different spots on the sphere, changing the warning observe with quicksand, in-game playing, much more alternatives to hit dingers, and plenty of different thrilling new concepts that I’ll lastly be capable to check out as a solo act.”
Whereas it’s nonetheless unclear precisely what enjoying as a one-man franchise will appear like, we must always get some readability quickly, as Betts says he plans to instantly start enjoying solo baseball because the Nashville Bison—a reputation he selected on account of his Tennessee roots and his incorrect assertion that “bison are the one form of animal a workforce hasn’t been named after but.” Betts says he additionally plans on designing his personal uniform, which he claims might be “sleeker, with extra hidden compartments and devices” than present MLB get-ups however will “nonetheless have a belt,” including with no extra clarification that “it isn’t baseball if there isn’t a belt—I can not stress this sufficient.”
Attention-grabbing! Seems like he’s very keen about belts.
It’ll be superior to see Betts have the possibility to flex his MVP chops with out different gamers or coaches holding him again. Time will inform if this transfer pays off for him, however we want him all of the luck on this planet! Go Mookie!