Betts joins Bobby Bonds as the only players with 10 HR before ASG

ESPN News ServicesJuly 9, 2023, 01:40 p.m2 minutes to read

Los Angeles – All Stars Mookie Pets Hit his 10-shot homer to Los Angeles Dodgers On Saturday night, he hit the biggest first-half tie in major league history.

Bates’s 408-foot single, his 26th home run of the season, came on the second pitch of the game by Angels starter Reid Detmers.

Bates equaled the mark set by San Francisco’s Bobby Bonds in 1973. Bates’ 46th career lead tied Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins for the seventh all-time. It also surpassed the Dodgers single-season mark of nine fellow leadoffs, which he shared with them Jock Pedersen (2019).

All-Star teammate Freddie Freeman said after the Dodgers 10-5 win. “Sometimes breaks can come at the wrong time, but I think Mookie found something in his swing and managed to lock it in. For 30, 35 games now, that was special.”

It’s the ninth time in MLB history that a player has hit 10 leadoff batters in a single season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Jose Altuve He was the last player to do so, with 12 homers last season. The single-season record is 13, set by Alfonso Soriano in 2003.

Bates entered the game batting 0.27. He went 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and four RBIs in an 11-4 win over the Angels on Friday night.

He is scheduled to compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday as part of the All-Star festivities in Seattle.

“Mookie is probably the only player who wants to play during the offseason,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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