Mookie Betts Bio
Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. In 2018 he became the first player in Major League history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, a batting title, and World Series in the same season.
So I wrote this story — https://t.co/y2pdVa9DtD — a year ago about Mookie Betts being distantly related to Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex.
They met today and Mookie told her about the story. Then they hugged.
What a thing. pic.twitter.com/I1L7UqNYwr
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 29, 2019
Betts was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011, and made his MLB debut in the 2014 season, splitting time between second base and the outfield. He became the Red Sox center fielder in 2014, before moving to right field in 2016. As a relatively short natural second baseman with a high contact rate and a high level of production when pulling the ball, Betts has been compared to fellow Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia.
Betts is also a professional tenpin bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He bowled a perfect game in the World Series of Bowling.
Mookie Betts Age
He is 27 Years old.
Mookie Betts Early Life/Career
In 2010, his junior year at Overton, Betts batted .548 with 24 steals. In November that year, Betts signed a letter of commitment to attend the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship, also getting recruited by Vanderbilt University, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
At Overton, Betts was also a standout basketball player, named MVP of the District 12-AAA league his senior season while averaging 14.1 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals per game; and also named Class AAA All-City Player of the Year for the Nashville, Tennessee metropolitan area. His junior year, Betts was named MVP of the District 12-AAA tournament. Betts also excelled in bowling, named the Tennessee boys Bowler of the Year in 2010 with a high score of 290. He grew up bowling at the Donelson Strike and Spare in Donelson, TN.
Mookie Betts Personal Life, Family, and children
Although it has been reported that Betts is a nephew of Terry Shumpert, who played parts of 14 seasons with several MLB teams, they are actually first cousins once removed, as Shumpert is a first cousin to Betts’ mother, Diana. In 2004, Shumpert spent his final season of professional baseball with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and worked extensively with Betts.
Betts’ first Little League Baseball coach was his mother, Diana, who is also an avid bowler and taught Mookie to bowl at an early age. Betts was named the Tennessee boys Bowler of the Year in 2010, having set Tennessee high school records that season with a 290 game and an 827 three-game series. He has rolled three sanctioned 300 games and has averaged over 200 in league competition. In the 2015 offseason, Betts entered the Professional Bowlers Association’s GEICO World Series of Bowling VII, which was held in Reno, Nevada. In 2017 he competed once more in the event.
Betts’s parents chose his name in part to form the initials MLB, matching those of Major League Baseball. He has attributed his nickname Mookie to his parents watching former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock play basketball shortly after Betts was born. Betts has stated that he has never met Blaylock.
His first child, a daughter named Kynlee Ivory, was born on November 6, 2018.
Meghan Markle shared a hug with her ‘cousin’ Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts
The Duchess of Sussex shared a hug with her ‘cousin’ Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts as she and Prince Harry met players ahead of their game against the New York Yankees in London.
As Europe’s first ever Major League Baseball game was given the royal stamp of approval, family history may have also been made as Meghan met award-winning outfielder Betts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tonight.
Before today’s historic game against the Yankees in London, the @RedSox got to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. @mookiebetts even got a hug from the Duchess of Sussex! #LondonSeries ❤️⚾️ https://t.co/4gIMnV1Nzf (? Peter Nicholls, AP) pic.twitter.com/lGUUFnqDqK
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) June 29, 2019
Meghan and Betts reportedly share ancestry dating back 150 years to America’s Deep South according to a U.S. genealogist who says both their origins can be traced back to Alabama relatives.
The Duchess of Sussex hugged a baseball star relative, outfielder Mookie Betts, when she made a surprise visit to a London match between two of the sport’s biggest teams https://t.co/qDHPsUm8dx
— PA Media (@PA) June 29, 2019
The royal couple are attending to promote Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Foundation which has been partnered with the MLB’s two-game London Series.
Fast Facts You Need To Know
- The Duchess of Sussex met her ‘cousin’, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts at the London Stadium tonight
- The pair are said to have relatives dating back 150 years to Alabama and shared a hug with each other
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also given little Red Sox and Yankee jerseys for royal baby Archie
- Europe’s first ever Major League Baseball game will take place between the Boston and New York sides
- Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Foundation has been partnered with the MLB for the historic London Series
- Former Invictus games competitors from the USA and the UK will throw the first ceremonial pitch