[Donald Trump] You don’t hit .138 for some podunk, cold-weather high school playing the worst competition you could possibly imagine. You wouldn’t even get recruited for Division I baseball programs, let alone by pro teams. — Keith Law, veteran baseball scout
[Donald Trump] You don’t hit .138 for some podunk, cold-weather high school playing the worst competition you could possibly imagine. You wouldn’t even get recruited for Division I baseball programs, let alone by pro teams. — Keith Law, veteran baseball scout
Scout Says Donald Trump Had 'No Chance' of Playing in the Big Leagues
Leander Schaerlaeckens of Slate recently set out to answer the age-old question, was President Donald Trump actually a good baseball player? Trump’s athletic prowess has been explored often throughout his presidency, with many questioning the validity of his suspiciously low golf scores. The real-estate-mogul-turned-politician made the bold claim in 2013 that he was once considered the top baseball player in his home state of New York.

After looking into the matter, Schaerlaeckens believes that’s highly unlikely. Slate dug up a collection of nine box scores from Trump’s heyday at New York Military Academy and—though it’s an admittedly small sample size—the president hit a ghastly .138 (4-for-29) during those games. While Trump was lauded for his defense at first base, it’s debatable how good of a hitter he was.

“I thought his defensive skills were better than his offensive skills,” Dick Guido, a fellow NYMA alum, recalled of the president’s playing days.

“I heard him say he could have played Major League Baseball,” Keith Vanderlip, another one of the president’s former teammates, said of Trump’s baseball acumen. “But he wasn’t that good.”

Even if Trump had some appealing traits, veteran baseball scout Keith Law doubts he would have drawn much big-league interest. “There’s no chance,” said Law, a former Toronto Blue Jays scout who now writes for The Athletic. “You don’t hit .138 for some podunk, cold-weather high school playing the worst competition you could possibly imagine. You wouldn’t even get recruited for Division I baseball programs, let alone by pro teams.”
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