February 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm
In a league where salary, rule changes, and scandals are taking the league by storm, I wanted to take a closer, more humanized focus on what the Mookie Betts and David Price acquisitions mean for not only the Los Angeles Dodgers but baseball as a whole. Los Angeles is known for its style, its fame, and its celebrities, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting without one important factor in their lineup and that is the presence of an African American player. With the acquisition of Mookie Betts and David Price that changes the landscape and culture of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to USA sports, Major League Baseball only had 68 African American players in the league out of a total of 882 players. Looking at the franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, this was the franchise that brought in Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier and was a destination for African American players, yet on their 2019 roster, they did not have a single African American player on their roster. That was until yesterday 02/12/2020 when the Dodgers formally announced the arrivals of David Price and Mookie Betts.
For a franchise who has an important history with players like Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Maury Wills, and Don Newcomb, to just name a few, now gets to add Mookie Betts and David Price to that list. Los Angeles is a major city, with major media coverage and this is amazing for not only the Dodger players, fans and coaches but the whole city of Los Angeles.
Let’s first take a look at David Price. Known for being a great clubhouse guy, David Price has done a lot of good off the field as well. David has donated 2.5 million to his Alma Mater, Vanderbilt, where that money will be used to improve its baseball facilities. David also donated $300,000 to build a baseball field designed for kids with disabilities in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. David Price is a great baseball player, but more importantly a great human being.
Mookie Betts, all-star, MVP, you know the name and the productivity on the field, but let’s take a look at Mookie off of the field. Most known for being spotted after game 2 of the World Series feeding the homeless outside of the Boston Public Library, Betts is a genuinely good dude and extremely humble. Betts publicly said he did not want that moment to get the attention that it got. Mookie is also a dynamite bowler who has raised more than $150,000 in bowling tournaments for charity. To his credit, Mookie has 3 perfect games of 300 to add to his already impressive athletic resume.
In a sport where there is a lingering issue of African American players, and in a town where the biggest draw in sports had no one to represent the African American Community, The Los Angeles Dodgers got themselves 2 great guys both on and off the field. This gives young kids of color hope, this gives them energy and this allows them to see that anything can be done. This gives the city of Los Angeles a bright star to shine on. This would make Jackie Robinson, Don Newcomb and Roy Campanella smile from above. We will get to see Mookie and David wear that Dodger Blue and bring that culture back to the City of Dodgerland.
In February, we all celebrate Black History month, Major League Baseball is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro League, something players and clubs will do throughout the season. Thank you to the Los Angeles Dodgers for bringing this back to the orginization. Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, now we add, David Price and Mookie Betts. How awesome does that sound? Thank you baseball, and thank you all for taking a moment to read. As always, Fire away!
February 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm
I completely agree bro! Great to see diversity on tha roster! Price and Betts will definitely help garner more attention to tha youth!
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