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Danny Almonte Update

Danny makes last-pitch effort at pro dream

The 20-year-old Bronx lefty has joined the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League.

“I feel good, strong and ready to go,” said Almonte, who will report to the team May 13. “I’ve been practicing every day with a personal trainer so I can prove to everybody I can be in the majors.”

I wish the kid all the luck in the world, but in my gut, I’m “slap my wallet on the table” positive he’s a bust. Hell, the only team that was willing to sign him is a brand new franchise in some backwater indie league who haven’t even finished building their ballpark.

That speaks volumes to me.

Almonte had planned last fall to enter New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs but backed out partly because he was “scared of school,” said head coach Ray Birmingham.

“If it makes him happy, hell, I’m happy for him,” said Birmingham. “I hope he does well, but Danny’s life seems to be a three-act play of bad advice.”

As noted in one of my earlier Almonte posts, Danny had a full, free ride to attend New Mexico Junior College. I blame his father for Danny bailing on NMJC, because his father never gave a shit about his kid’s education. Of course he was “scared of school”; he’s barely ever been there!

The kid had the tools, but no major league team was willing to sign him to a minor league deal? A hard throwing lefty was passed over by everybody?

He’s damaged goods; either his father (and his partners in crime) blew the kid’s arm out by making him play baseball year round, or made him not worth the hassle in the eyes of every MLB squad by demanding more money than any team was willing to cough up for a kid who they probably recognized was too emotionally screwed up–and mentally incapable–to ever translate that talent into a major league career.

I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll bet the house, Wife, and all my toys I’m right.

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