LOS ANGELES >> Like a lot of us, Mookie Betts tried to find the silver lining in his quarantine time.“It kind of gets overlooked, but those three months were probably the best three months of my life as far as being able to get really close to my daughter and family,” said Betts, ‘girl dad’ to a 20-month-old daughter.Besides the family time, Betts used the quarantine down time to lower his golf handicap and do a lot of fishing. He did not spend a lot of that time in a batting cage honing a swing that has produced a .301 career average and 139 home runs in six seasons, the last four of which landed him All-Star recognition and one American League MVP (in 2018).“To be honest, I stayed in shape, working-out wise,” Betts said. “But honestly, I just didn’t didn’t do a whole lot of baseball activities. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, hitting in the cage and getting deep not knowing when the season was going to start or even if it was, not having a start date. NOTESDodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Monday that Gavin Lux and Pedro Baez have not reported to camp. He would not say why. Kenley Jansen and A.J. Pollock have also not reported yet. … The Dodgers’ third pick in this year’s draft (a competitive balance round pick acquired from the Minnesota Twins), Texas Tech right-hander Clayton Beeter, has agreed to a contract for a reported bonus of approximately $1.2 million. The Dodgers have now signed all six of their picks from this year’s draft. SOCIAL CONSCIENCEAs one of the most prominent African-American players in the majors, Betts said he wasn’t impressed with MLB’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and protest movement for racial justice.“I think baseball did not do a good job of that,” Betts said. “But I think voices were heard and that’s the main thing, that we get our voices heard and to make some changes.”Betts said he sees his mission as a Black baseball player is to help reverse the declining participation among Black athletes. Last year, only 7.7 percent of the players on Opening Day rosters were Black, a far cry from the 18.7 percent as recently as 1981.“I think it’s more of a personal thing that I have to bring baseball into Black communities,” Betts said. “Obviously MLB can help but I think it’s on us as Black players to bring it to Black communities and kind of make baseball cool because that’s where it’s been disconnected.”NELSON OUTRight-hander Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to undergo lower back surgery Tuesday and will not play this season. The lumbar procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles.Nelson was unable to throw for much of the original spring training session after being signed to a one-year deal as a free agent last winter. His contract included a club option for 2021 that could have changed to a mutual option if he had met some incentives.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I didn’t have a load of confidence (about the season) starting. I didn’t want to drive myself crazy during those three months. So I just stayed away from baseball.”Betts could have driven himself crazy thinking about the ramifications of the pandemic and an abbreviated season on his own future. The 27-year-old turned down a contract extension offer for $300 million, leading to his trade from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers and cementing his status as the leading man in next offseason’s mega-millions market. Now, he will have just a 60-game season to use as a launching pad into free agency — where a season of decreased revenue could make teams less willing to make big-money investments.“Free agency is on the back burner. That’s nothing that I’m thinking about right now,” Betts said, adding that health and safety issues were more front of mind now.“There’s just a lot going on that needs to be addressed and free agency is not one of them right now. That’ll come. … I don’t regret turning that (extension) down. Once I make a decision, I don’t go back and question myself. So I don’t worry about that. The market will be what the market is. We’ll just kind of cross that bridge when we get there.”Betts admitted that he “had my doubts” at times during the quarantine that he would ever wear a Dodger uniform in a regular-season game. With positive coronavirus tests throughout the majors and testing problems forcing multiple teams to cancel or alter workouts the past few days, Betts said he is still not sure the sport will get through even an abbreviated season.”I can’t say I’m that confident because I haven’t been shown yet,” he said. “There’s not really a whole lot I can do. It’s kind of out of my control. 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An argument could be made that its reduction in price is not a positive sign. My response to that would be that the recent economic downturn has affected nearly all companies and industries in a negative way. I would not base any investment opinion on share price alone, especially not right now due to the pandemic and crash.PerformanceReviewing Vivo’s longer-term performance across the past three years makes for positive reading. It has seen a year-on-year increase in revenue and gross profit, which is definitely a positive indicator for any investor.VVO today released its Q3 trading update and I feel there are some positive takeaways from it. As expected, Q2 was difficult for many firms in the FTSE 250.VVO recorded a gross cash profit of $187m which is impressive despite the recent restrictions it has faced due to the pandemic. This is only a 1% decrease compared to the same period last year when there were no restrictions or pandemic. Q3 volumes of 2,492m litres was a significant improvement from Q2 although it remained 7% lower year-on-year. VVO’s retail segment saw lower volumes but an improvement compared to the previous quarter. In addition to this, a number of countries it serves returned to year-on-year growth during Q3. Its commercial segment volumes were lower and impacted by a lack of international travel and movement.VVO initially suspended its 2019 dividend of 2.7 cents per share when the economic downturn first occurred. In its update today it has confirmed that it will now pay that dividend in December to shareholders who are on the register by 20 November 2020. This is a positive move as it shows the firm is confident in its financial flexibility and can reinstate its dividend.My verdictOverall, I really like Vivo Energy but there is an element of risk. There are positives, in that longer-term performance has been impressive. 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