Betts becomes instant leader

New teammate Mookie Betts challenges Los Angeles Dodgers to produce the urgency needed for a World Series championship.



March 3, 2020 - 11:10 AM

PHOENIX — Hours after the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their first full-squad workout of the 2020 season, Mookie Betts, officially a Dodger all of eight days, reached out to his new manager with a request for the next morning.

“He asked me if he could have a few minutes with the guys,” Dave Roberts said. “I had no idea what he was going to say.”

That night, Betts spoke with David Price, the other player the Dodgers acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the dragged-out trade that kidnapped the final days of the offseason, about his plan. The 27-year-old right fielder was going to address the team.

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