Mookie Betts won’t join Red Sox for White House visit

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The world champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on May 9. We have already heard that third baseman Rafael Devers won’t attend. Add outfielder and AL MVP Mookie Betts to the list, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Betts said, “I won’t be going there. I decided not to.”

Abraham notes that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and infielder Eduardo Núñez are undecided. Eduardo Rodríguez says it is unlikely he will go. Meanwhile, Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Brock Holt, Mitch Moreland, Steve Pearce, Rick Porcello, and Chris Sale have confirmed they will be attending.

After the Astros won the World Series in 2017, Puerto Rican natives Carlos Beltrán and Carlos Correa chose not to attend the celebratory visit to the White House. Both players were active in relief efforts following Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico. Beltrán criticized the Trump administration’s response to the hurricane.