Xander Bogaerts gets more support, this time from a longtime friend, former teammate

Mike Petraglia
July 07, 2014 - 6:22 pm
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John Farrell is not the only one showing a vote of confidence in struggling rookie Xander Bogaerts. Jonathan Schoop is someone who's known Bogaerts even longer than the Red Sox manager. Schoop played with Bogaerts on the Netherlands national team that competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and has played in many competitions with him. When he went 0-for-27 recently and fell into a 2-for-49 slump, the Orioles second baseman sympathized for a player he came to know through international competition. "He's a good player, even if you go through tough times," Schoop told WEEI.com after Sunday's game, a 7-6 Baltimore win. "Every player goes through tough times but you have to find a way to make adjustments and come back. He's a competitive guy, he wants to win, he wants to do good and he's a good guy, a great guy." "His confidence. You cannot see in him that he's 0-for-20, 0-for-25, 0-for-30. He stands in there like he's 10-for-10, believing in himself." Ironic that Schoop made his comments on the very day that Bogaerts actually snapped his 0-for-27 slide, collecting multiple hits for the first time since June 7. That day Bogaerts was hitting .299 with a .387 OBP and an .839 OPS. Between then and Sunday, his average plummeted 61 points and there was serious talk about whether he would be better off making adjustments at Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell said before Monday's game with the White Sox that there is no such plan in the works. Schoop is no general manager or field skipper but he does agree that leaving Bogaerts up in the majors to learn, even at the tender age of 21, is a good thing. "I think so," Schoop said. "You see how he learns from experience. The more experience, the better you get. You have to learn from experience. I think he's doing a good job. Just keep grinding. Just keep fighting."
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