When the PBA Hall of Fame Classic begins the 2020 PBA season next week, one of baseball’s biggest stars will be among the players in the field.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who is well known for his passion for bowling, will return to the PBA Tour and every game of his competition on the lanes will be broadcast live on FloBowling starting Wednesday.
Betts was granted a commissioner’s exemption to the event by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and will compete in a limited field against 55 of the best bowlers in the world at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
“Bowling is a sport I’ve enjoyed with my family since I was a kid,” said Betts, who has been practicing up to four days a week to prepare. “It brings a sense of community that’s important in my life.”
Betts last competed alongside the world’s best bowlers at the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling and made news when he shot a 300 game. The 27-year-old has been a longtime bowler and was named the Tennessee High School Bowler of the Year in 2010.
The PBA Hall of Fame Classic competition gets underway Wednesday with the first of two rounds of qualifying. Betts is currently scheduled to compete on B Squad, which means his qualifying rounds will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern and Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern.
All players will bowl 12 games of qualifying with the top 14 players advancing to Friday’s match play. Following match play, the top five players will bowl for the title on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern live on FS1 (United States) and FloBowling (international).