Reigning American League MVP and World Series champion Mookie Betts will again be roaming the outfield for the Boston Red Sox in 2019.
The year 2018 was an exemplary one for Mookie Betts as a member of the Boston Red Sox. There was an All-Star Game appearance, a World Series title, a Gold Glove award, and last but certainly not least, being named the American League MVP.
Just as it’s hard to find a gift for somebody who has everything, what goals does one set for the 26-year old Betts in 2019? For example, should there be a goal for Betts to have at least 10 home runs in at-bats in the fourth inning of games vs starting pitchers? Or about a .300 batting average on Saturdays when games start after 1 pm ET?
Extreme as this might be, Betts is entering 2019 coming off the finest season of his career.
To be fair, on first glance at his stats, there might not be a lot to improve on. Betts did a little bit of everything in 2018, setting career-highs in home runs (32), runs scored (129), doubles (47), batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640) and on-base percentage (.438).
Looking further, Betts found regular season success against the teams that mattered most. He hit .415 vs the New York Yankees last season with three home runs and 15 RBI. And, though it was in only 11 at-bats, Betts hit .636 against the Houston Astros.
A contract extension looms over the heads of the Red Sox and Betts, but he should be in Boston through at least the 2020 season. Even with a very fine 2018 under his belt, here are three regular season goals for Betts in 2019.