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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

David Bote’s Path

America’s greatest hero.

Seriously, a nice story about a hard-working kid

Walt Davis Posted: August 14, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: africa, cubs, david bote, grand slam

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   1. McCoy Posted: August 14, 2018 at 11:43 AM (#5726380)
When you have a 150 OPS+ you're a hard worker. When you have a 70 OPS+ you're a lazy malingerer.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 14, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5726764)
No, when you spend 4 years in A ball, another year in AA, head off to the fall league and, per the story, do the work the coaches ask you to do, you're a hard-working kid. That the description "hard working" also applies (or applied) to Bobby Scales (who never really got his chance) and Arismendy Alcantara (who flopped in his) and Juan Soso doesn't mean it doesn't apply to Bote.

But, sure, if not for the miraculous grand slam (not the 150 OPS+), this story may never have seen the light of day.
   3. McCoy Posted: August 14, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5726773)
All that might be true but the point is is that like IQ in Ball Four you're only as smart as your ERA or batting average. When you're playing well you have fabulous traits and characteristics and when you're playing poorly you have negative traits and characteristics.
   4. Zonk is a Doppleclapper Posted: August 14, 2018 at 05:01 PM (#5726777)
FWIW - I think Alcantara was a legitimate prospect when he was signed... Maybe not a top INTL - but I think he got a fairly decent bonus. Might be wrong - and of course, that doesn't mean he isn't a hard-working kid either...

Anyway, mostly borrowing from Gonfalon - most of which I posted so Walt would weigh in and do the MLE math for me :-) - I do think Bote has a legitimate chance at a career.

It took him some time to get going - but I think it very much does sound like a fairly small launch angle correction did wonders for him.

And FWIW - the Cubs were actually talking him up as a good guy and hard-worker even before the lights came on. Pre-2016 - this was kind of in the sense of Crash Davis... solid citizen ballplayers who can fill out a minor league team roster, set a good example, move where they're needed (both within the org ladder and around the field).

Easy guy to root for.
   5. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: August 14, 2018 at 05:32 PM (#5726801)
All that might be true but the point is is that like IQ in Ball Four you're only as smart as your ERA or batting average. When you're playing well you have fabulous traits and characteristics and when you're playing poorly you have negative traits and characteristics.

He's getting plenty of attention now, but sometimes there's a story in the process too (predating whether anyone knew what he'd do in the bigs).

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