Outfielder Mookie Betts recently signed a mega-contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $365 million over 12 years.
Betts, who has a career .301 average and has reached four all-star games, certainly has the stat line to justify such a rich contract.
On Friday night, however, Betts showed that his bat isn’t the only reason the Dodgers made him one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. The Nashville native also provides plenty of value in the field — specifically his ridiculous arm, which was on full display against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Check out this insane throw that Betts made from deep right field to gun down Arizona’s Ketel Marte at third base.
Mookie Betts showcases his arm, guns down runner at third from the right-field corner. Fun! pic.twitter.com/9D85oxlLF4
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) August 1, 2020
There are very few players in the game who can make that strong of a throw, while being accurate, to get a runner out at third base.
But that’s why Betts is getting paid — because he can do it all on the field.
Betts, by the way, originally signed to play baseball with the Tennessee Vols in 2011. The former Overton standout was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Betts opted to sign with Boston instead of playing with the Vols — obviously the right decision considering Betts’ career path.
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