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I thought this was pretty interesting. He does seem to be a Tigers fan and maybe a little overly optimistic, but i agree with most of it. I think Akil jumps a bit too much but this guy doesn't seem to mind it, and it's worked for him so far. 

 

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38 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

Akil Baddoo is already a cool name.  No need for a nickname.  It's not like his name is Spencer Torkelson.    

Yup. can't stand the 'ya ba da baddoo" stuff. Too forced. 

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I see Akil Baddoo a-rising

I see doubles on the way

I see home runs and stealing

I see fun times today

 

Come to CoPa tonight

Well he’s bound to get a hit

There’s A. Baddoo on the rise

 

I hear Tiger fans a-cheering

Even though the stadium isn’t full

He sees everyone is gearing

To see that he is on a roll

 

Come to CoPa tonight

Well he’s bound to get a hit

There’s A. Baddoo on the rise, all right!

 

Hope you got your tickets together

Hope you are buying into his game

Looks like he’ll go on like this forever

One day he’ll be in the Hall of Fame

 

Well, come to CoPa tonight

Well he’s bound to get a hit

There’s A. Baddoo on the rise

 

Come to CoPa tonight

Well he’s bound to get a hit

There’s A. Baddoo on the rise

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It seems to me that he moved from LD to LA in 2018, and it hadnt clicked as of 2019... mediocre power and low average, high Ks.

Now that he's 22, maybe he's developing enough approach/timing/strength to make the power swing work.

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I guess most of you guys already knew this but...

from Wikipedia:

Michael Robert Coolbaugh (June 5, 1972 – July 22, 2007) was an American baseball player and coach. Born in Binghamton, New York, he was the brother of major leaguer Scott Coolbaugh. Coolbaugh died after being hit by a line drive while working as a first-base coach in a minor league game.

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Some years ago I supervised a temporary employee. The employee was the hitter that hit the line drive that took Mike Coolbaugh’s life. Obviously, he was no longer in baseball at that point. I never brought it up and neither did he but we had several conversations about baseball. He was a nice guy. From my understanding he took it pretty hard when it happened. It was because of this unfortunate incident that batting helmets were made mandatory for base coaches.

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32 minutes ago, 1776 said:

I guess most of you guys already knew this but...

from Wikipedia:

Michael Robert Coolbaugh (June 5, 1972 – July 22, 2007) was an American baseball player and coach. Born in Binghamton, New York, he was the brother of major leaguer Scott Coolbaugh. Coolbaugh died after being hit by a line drive while working as a first-base coach in a minor league game.

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Some years ago I supervised a temporary employee. The employee was the hitter that hit the line drive that took Mike Coolbaugh’s life. Obviously, he was no longer in baseball at that point. I never brought it up and neither did he but we had several conversations about baseball. He was a nice guy. From my understanding he took it pretty hard when it happened. It was because of this unfortunate incident that batting helmets were made mandatory for base coaches.

What a terrible burden to have to carry.

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36 minutes ago, 1776 said:

Baddoo 0-8 in the first two games of this series. Six K’s on top of that. Maybe a day off to breathe a bit would help. 

Pitchers are obviously hunting for a weakness or two.

I hope a day off would help too... 

But I hope more that he can make adjustments and keep up with pitchers as they try to attack him/ any potential weaknesses.

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On 4/9/2021 at 11:23 AM, Yoda said:

I'm assuming Scott doesn't ever have to coach first or third base? 

IDK, it all depens on how a person internalizes it. Thousands of people have had people close to them killed in or by automobiles, they still get back into their cars. I don't know if there is any predicting whether or how much someone remains traumatized by the general circumstances of an event even if the event itself was specifically traumatic. Then on the other side you have people who decide to never get on a airplane again because something about the circumstances of one that crashed on the other side of the world struck some chord with them.

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Baddoo is in the bottom 10th percentile in both too many strikeouts and not enough walks. He’s also a subpar defender with a noodle for an arm. He never did play above A+ ball in his four pro seasons so far, and he didn’t play at all last year. IMO, it’s optimistic to believe he’s a real deal hidden-in-plain-sight gem who will dominate major league pitchers all year and going forward, after having been left unprotected by an analytics-forward organization. YMMV.

If he can end up above a 0 WAR this year, I think that’s a win for us, and for him. Either way, since he’s ours now, he can always go into the system after the season for the next year or two and get some proper development at an appropriate pace.

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I assume Baddoo's improvement this spring/year so far is because he has developed the bat speed and strength to go along with the power stroke. 

Off-speed pitches do not seem to bother him, and he adapts well to pitches on the outer half of the plate.

Montas fed Baddoo a steady diet of fastballs up and in and Baddoo couldn't do a thing.  I wonder if he just needs to adapt a short swing for hard/inside stuff.

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