Library’s scouting reports provide trip through time
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The Hall of Fame has five scouting reports for Chris Gomez, a shortstop who spent 16 seasons in the majors for eight different organization before retiring after the 2008 campaign. Gomez was selected out of Cal State Long Beach in the third round of the 1992 MLB amateur draft by the Tigers.
“I would say … all right, I like the dedication and the maturity part of it. I think they’re right on with that. I think hitting ability, power, running speed, base running, all those things, fielding, I’m way overrated. So if 5 is average, I think I’m way overrated, so I think you can throw this out, burn it,” Gomez joked as looking at his scouting reports from his days before becoming a professional. “And I’ve never touched 6-foot-2 in my life. There’s some fake news in this thing for sure.”
On a more reflective note, Gomez considered the scouting reports on him pretty accurate.
“Everything is right down the middle. Average,” he said. “’Has grown and improved since high school.’ ‘Always showed good hands and accurate arm.’ ‘His hitting has improved.’ ‘No glaring weaknesses.’ What I’m shocked about is that they didn’t mention running speed. That’s always been the huge knock on me, from high school on. Everything else was OK.”
At collection.baseballhall.org, the scouting reports include those for such familiar ballplayers as Hall of Fame Class of 2018 members Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero, as well as Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra.
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum