MLBbro Player of the Year Mookie Betts will one day see his name in Cooperstown. Along with his passion for the game of baseball, Betts holds a deep love for connecting with his community and established the 50/50 Foundation.
It’s a shining example of charitable giving and compassion.
The 50/50 Foundation actively supports the character and personal development of young people through various kinds of developmental activities. The foundation instills important characteristics like discipline, resilience, and teamwork by fusing life skills with athletic training.
50/50 Foundation Brings Positive Change To Marginalized Populations
The organization was founded with the goal of having a long-lasting influence on marginalized populations. It is committed to bringing about positive change through a wide range of programs. One of the programs that Betts has is “Team Mookie.” “Team Mookie” is an AAU team; that includes multiple age groups. The team was established in 2021 to compete and travel
throughout the United States.
Betts Foundation’s main motivation is to help kids in various ways. Like partnering with the Crete Academy to invite 650 kids from South Central to Dodger Stadium for a game. Betts has a goal to make a long-lasting impact on the culture of baseball, while also helping to develop future leaders.
Betts told MLBbro.com’s Nick Hamilton, “The goal that I set out to accomplish, which is to get Blacks in baseball,” Betts said. “Not necessarily on the field but just around the field. Maybe it’s front office.”
Betts gave the kids an opportunity to experience something they would never forget. Along with helping the youth of South Central, LA, Betts also teamed up with Brotherhood Crusade to hand out Thanksgiving meals to 1,500 families at Algin Sutton Recreational Center in Los Angeles.
50/50 Foundation Brides Cultural and Social Divides
The main goal of the Mookie 50/50 Foundation is to allow people to reach their greatest potential. by bridging social divides. The foundation seeks to improve the future of people who are enduring hardships by focusing on education, youth development, and community involvement. They build groundbreaking sports programs in inner city schools to help empower the youth.
Every foundation must have a way to fund the charity. There are two ways of funding Mookie’s organization. There is a bowling tournament that Betts throws to helps benefit the charity. It’s called “Mookie Betts + Friends Bowling Tournament.” This will be his second year participating in the bowling tournament, which also includes other major league players.
We’re always thankful when we get a chance to do for others and the 5050 Foundation Charity Bowling Event was a lot of fun! Go see who you can spot that showed up that night! New link in bio pic.twitter.com/BMiIVvXtd1
His next tournament is February 3rd and another way you can donate is by going on the 50/50 Foundation’s website. The 50/50 Foundation is creating a legacy and leaving a lasting mark on the lives of those it serves. Betts continues to use his platform to encourage and empower others. A true candidate for the best player in the game, Mookie’s also an All-Star community activist helping and serving in any way he can.
As Black baseball stars continue to make waves around the baseball world, one in particular has represented the bunch as well as anyone on and off of the field.
Following an incredible season, it’s now former AL MVP Mookie Betts’ turn to grace the 2023 MLBbro.com Player of the Year award.
Third Time’s A Charm
Betts has become the third winner of the MLBbro Player of the Year honor, with now-World Series champion Marcus Semien taking the award in 2021 before Bronx Bomber Aaron Judge earned the honor in 2022.
Betts followed suit, being acknowledged as one of the best in the game. Being selected as a First Team All-MLB player recently also solidifies his elite status.
How Did Mookie Betts Fare In 2023?
While Betts was just shy of another MVP nod, he had an historical season where he tallied a career-high 39 home runs and earned his sixth Silver Slugger Award. As a lethal leadoff hitter, Betts earned a solo spot in MLB record books for RBI from the top of the order after a two-RBI double on Sept. 23 against the Giants — bringing him to 105.
After making a move to the infield, notching 70 appearances at second base and 16 at shortstop, the 2022 Golden Glover only made five errors and continue his presence as a dominant player on defense and elevated him to most versatile player in the game, along with Shohei Ohtani.
This led to Betts being moved to second base as an everyday player for the upcoming season — the position he was drafted to play back in 2011.
Everyone Loves Mookie
Betts’ on-field contributions are far from the full-picture considering what he has to offer. Betts started his career with the Red Sox, where he won the aforementioned MVP award as well as the World Series before being traded and re-upping in Los Angeles on a big-money deal.
When he got to the Dodgers, Betts immediately captured his second World Series championship and it made the Dodgers a new destination spot for big-time stars like Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez and now the $700 million man in Shohei Ohtani.
This wave was something to be expected from a team led by a guy like Betts.
MLB legend Albert Pujols only spent one season with the star, but still told Mlbbro.com that he would build a team around Betts if he owned a team.
“That’s one of the first guys I’d pick,” Pujols said. “ (He’s) quiet, respect the game, plays the game hard, great teammate.”
Helping Out The Bros
As MLBbro Player of the Year, Betts solidified his case with his contributions towards increasing diversity in baseball. In an interview with MLBbro.com’s Nick Hamilton, Betts made it a goal of his to bring culture into baseball and attract his community to the game.
“The goal that I set out to accomplish, which is to get Blacks in baseball,” Betts said. “Not necessarily on the field but just around the field. Maybe it’s front office.”
Betts continued to explain that he wanted to get people out of the streets and help them become more success in life. With Betts’ on and off-field successes, he earns the MLBbro Player of the Year honor and continues to lead the way as one of the illuminating stars of MLB.
Betts is looking to become the second player in MLB history to win an MVP award in both the American and National League. The last player to do so was MLBbro great Frank Robinson. There’s no question that Betts will be a Hall of Famer when his career is done, and he’ll continue to rack up awards and accolades and represent for the Black Knights of baseball.
The 31-year-old appeared in over 150 games and made an impact at the plate and in the field, continuing to build on his record-breaking career. Betts hit .307 which was his highest average dating back to 2018 when he hit .346. He also hit a career-high 39 Bro bombs.
Mr. Versatility: Mookie Plays OF and Infield
While he was one of the best hitters on his team and in the league, his defense is what separated him from the rest of the crowd. You can make a strong case that Betts was more valuable to his team on defense than any other player in the league. He appeared in 70 games at second base and 12 at shortstop. The Dodgers needed someone, and Betts took on the challenge and exceeded.
We all know how exceptional of a right fielder Betts is, but he could be an everyday middle infielder if he wanted to. He only made five errors this season playing all three positions.
Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Mookie Betts’ month-long pursuit of presumed National League MVP Ronald Acuna Jr. may not result in winning his first NL MVP award, but going forward there is potential for Mookie to accomplish something just as special on the game’s largest stage.
Mookie Makes History
On Saturday Mookie took home one of the most unique achievements in MLB history for a leadoff hitter.
His 105th RBI this season is the most ever from the top of the lineup, eclipsing Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon’s record of 104 RBI that was set in 2017.
“There’s been a lot of great leadoff hitters, and for him to be No.1 is pretty remarkable,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “It seems like every night we’re eclipsing milestones as individuals.”
The record comes on top of a season that has seen Mookie do it all for the Dodgers at the plate, especially since the All-Star break.
Over his last 30 games, Betts is slashing .360/.474/,622 with 7 homers, 21 RBI and 22 walks. His power has been on another level, despite coming up missing during this year’s Home Run Derby.
His 39 bro bombs mark the third time he has reached the 30+ milestone, and one more will put him at 40 for the first time ever.
Now on most teams, a bat like this would almost automatically be placed in the cleanup spot, but as we all know, the Dodgers haven’t been “normal” in quite some time. This team is a juggernaut with hitters everywhere, and Betts is the head of the snake.
The Dodgers have clinched a first-round bye in the postseason and look headed for another NLCS collision with the Braves. If Betts can manage to lead them past Atlanta, not only would it avenge his (assumed) MVP loss, it sets the stage for something much bigger.
World Series MVP In Two Leagues
Throughout the storied history of Major League Baseball, there has never been a player to win a World Series MVP in both leagues. His teammate Freddie Freeman could complicate his quest for this first. However, there is one thing that would give Betts the upper hand in this predicament.
After already establishing himself as one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, Betts’ ability to play the infield has helped the Dodgers through injuries while also adding new strategic options into Roberts’ bag.
Mookie flashed a lot of leather Sunday while playing second in their series finale against division rival San Francisco, making two fantastic diving stops on back-to-back plays to end the inning. Given the number of injuries to the Dodgers pitching staff, plays like this are exactly what LA will need to keep things close for their dynamic offense.
With a performance like that, history may not be too far out of reach.