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Mookie Betts: 'It was super weird' wearing Dodger blue at first

Mookie Betts: 'It was super weird' wearing Dodger blue at first

In mid-February, the Boston Red Sox made the franchise-altering decision to trade Mookie Betts in the final year of his contract. The former AL MVP was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a few prospects, Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong.

Red Sox fans are still getting used to the idea of Betts playing for the Dodgers. But so is Betts. In fact, when he first donned the Dodger blue, he thought it was "weird" but eventually, his mother convinced him that it was fine.

“It was weird,” Betts said in a recent interview with Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis. "It took my mom calling to say, ‘You look good in blue’ before I accepted it. Accepted the blue. It was super weird."

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Once Betts got over that fact, he was quickly able to adjust to life in Los Angeles before the coronavirus pandemic shut down MLB.

"It didn’t take long to get used to," Betts said. "The guys in there made it so seamless, that it was just like home. It was really home by the time all this stuff happened. I definitely miss it."

It certainly seems that Betts likes his new home in Los Angeles, which indicates there's a chance that he will stay there long-term. But nothing is certain at the moment. And the longer that MLB's season is delayed, the possibility that Betts will hit free agency without ever playing a game for the Dodgers increases.

We're not at that point yet. And baseball is seemingly doing everything they can to get things up and running in the near future. But it's something to keep an eye on given that Betts will be a free agent this offseason no matter what happens with baseball, per the deal the MLB Players' Association agreed to with the league.

Either way, this just serves as a reminder that Betts is no longer on the Red Sox. They'll be moving forward with an outfield that is made up of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Pillar, and Verdugo, who recently began swinging a bat again after dealing with a stress fracture in his back.

Joe Kelly frustrated with MLB's investigation of 2018 Red Sox: It's 'a debacle'

Joe Kelly frustrated with MLB's investigation of 2018 Red Sox: It's 'a debacle'

Did Joe Kelly throw a baseball into his window and break it on purpose? He's pretty frustrated with Major League Baseball's investigation of the 2018 Boston Red Sox, so... maybe.

We're kidding, of course, but that didn't stop the former Red Sox pitcher from unloading his feelings on MLB's investigation of sign-stealing by the '18 world champions.

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"The whole thing is a debacle to me," Kelly said in an appearance this week with Mike Mutnansky on WEEI radio, according to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. "Now sitting at this point with no baseball being played and no results on an investigation, I just feel like was I dreaming? Is there actually an investigation? It’s like the Boogeyman series, what’s the deal with this thing? From the get-go, I just thought it was laugh-out-loud funny. Now that this is the last thing on people’s mind obviously with how the world is right now. Whenever the investigation is done I’m interested in seeing what is in the investigation.

"If there is cheating involved with how good our team was, we should have won every single out. We should have not even lost an inning if there was some good cheating involved, which would have been a lot more fun because we would have won [the World Series] in four. We would have swept through the playoffs and made it really, really fast and been able to go to Hawaii or go to Mexico and go on vacation a lot sooner than we did."

The current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher isn't the only one frustrated with the holdup. Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom also expressed his frustration. 

According to Bradford, Bloom said it's "obviously frustrating" that the results haven't come out yet, but he noted it's understandable considering that MLB, like the rest of the world, has been dealing with the coronavirus and weighing various plans to save the baseball season. Still, Bloom is eager for MLB's report, "so we can all see the results and move forward."

In March, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated the investigation is complete, but the report needed to be written and would be released before the long-delayed season is underway. 

The Houston Astros were disciplined months ago as a result of MLB's sign-stealing investigation of their 2017 team that won the World Series. The Astros were fined $5 million, docked their 2020 and 2021 first- and second-round draft picks and manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow received one-year bans before subsequently being fired.  The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora, Houston's bench coach in 2017, after he was implicated in that scheme. While the Red Sox await their fate, it's expected that their punishment won't be as severe as Houston's, but will likely include a suspension for Cora, who has been rumored to possibly return as Boston's manager in 2021.  

 

 

Watch Dodgers' Joe Kelly accidentally break home window with wild pitch

Watch Dodgers' Joe Kelly accidentally break home window with wild pitch

Joe Kelly is finding ways to keep his pitching skills sharp while the 2020 Major League Baseball season is delayed due to the coronavirus.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever has set up shop in the backyard of his home to keep his arm in shape and work on his pitches. He recently had a bit of a mishap, though.

One of his tosses veered too far to the right, missed the strike zone target he had set up, and broke through a window in his home.

Check out Kelly's reaction and the ensuing damage in the video below:

Yes, even professional pitchers sometimes lose control of a baseball and break a window.

Kelly has played for three MLB teams, including four-and-a-half seasons with the Boston Red Sox before leaving to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December of 2018. He played a key role in the bullpen of the 2018 Red Sox squad that won the World Series over the Dodgers.

It's unknown when/if the 2020 MLB season will begin, but it's good to see Kelly doing whatever he can to stay ready just in case.