Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mookie Betts Is Projecting To Be An Extra-Special Player For A Long Time

He's already passed Ted Williams with the most three HR games in Red Sox history (4). He's also the first player in MLB history to achieve that goal before the age of 26. Now, there will be even higher mountains to climb. Consider this: on May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Babe Ruth—as a member of the Boston Braves—hit his 714th and final home run. He went 4-4 on that day, hitting three home runs. He was 40 years old at the time. On May 2nd, 2018, Mookie Betts went 4-4, hitting three home runs. He hit the 87th, 88th and 89th home runs of his young career. He is 25-years-old. Just sayin'. According to Baseball Reference, Mookie compares to two Hall of Fame players through his age twenty-four season—Duke Snider and Carl Yastrzemski (both left-handed sluggers). Snider ended up hitting .295 with 407 HRs in 18 MLB seasons, while Yaz hit .285 with 452 HRs over his 23 years in Carmine Hose. Who knows where Mookie will end up at the end of his career—hopefully all in a Red Sox uniform—can you hear us, John Henry?