That's What Cheesehead: 38.31 - Dempsey Rebounding in Platoon Role

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That's What Cheesehead: 38.31 - Dempsey Rebounding in Platoon Role

Post by 7teen » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:54 pm

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It's been a rough couple of seasons for Wolves RF Steve Dempsey. After back to back seasons of negative WAR production (despite hitting .302 and .318 respectively in 2036 and 2037), many experts around the league was beginning to question whether or not Dempsey was on his last legs as a big league player. Injuries the last two seasons snapped his consecutive streak of 200+ hit seasons and began putting the doubt in some people's head whether or not he'd even reach 3,000 hits. The doubt was even creeping into Steve's mind. But things appear to be heading back int he right direction for the 32 year old in 2038.

"I was definitely beginning to question my ability and things" said Dempsey in a recent interview. "I knew I was still having good seasons by certain standards. But other variables were indicating I wasn't very good at all. The injuries the last few years really had me down and a bit concerned. I was determined to prove I wasn't washed up just yet."

Thus far in 2038, Steve Dempsey appears a bit rejuvenated. The sudden surge in production could be contributed to a variety of factors but the most obvious ones appear to be the added rest and platoon role Dempsey has taken on this season.

"Davis approached me in the spring and asked me how I felt about the idea of platooning. I was pretty hesitant at first. I have always been an everyday player. But we had a long talk about preserving myself and with two years of injuries needing to make sure I'm healthy all the way through the season and perhaps taking some added days during the season would benefit me and the team more down the stretch. I was totally convinced at first but so far I feel very fresh and my numbers appear to indicate that as well."

The Wolves have played 64 games this season and Steve has played in 44 games and started 43 of those. While his counting numbers are surely to take a hit at the end of the season, his other numbers are already indicating a boost from previous seasons. In 167 at-bats this season, Dempsey is batting .359/.407/.515 on the season with 60 hits, 11 doubles, 6 triples, and a homerun. He's managed to steal 16 bases in 18 attempts and has a 1.2 WAR, a considerable improvement over his -0.0 and -0.2 production the last 2 seasons. His defense is still a liability in rightfield, but thus far his offense has surpassed the weaknesses with his glove game.

"He looks fresh on a daily basis now" said Wolves manager Millard Davis. "Over the last few seasons he seemed to drag during long stretches and I think his bat suffered. Part of that blame is on me and him. He refused to come out and I refused to do my job. Luckily we talked this off-season and worked out what we thought was best for Bootleg over the remainder of his career. While his age says he's just 32, he's in his 13th season now. That takes a toll on the body. In 8 of those seasons he played over 150 games too. That gets to be tough over the long haul."

Steve currently sits at 2,441 hits for his career, 3rd most in Madison Wolves history. He's on pace for 152 hits this season in his current role which would put him over the 2,500 mark this season. At that pace alone, he'd still be able to eclipse the 3,000 hit mark sometime around the year 2041.

"And don't forget" added in Steve, "I'm just 30 or some stolen bases from being top 10 all-time there too. These legs are still kicking!"
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Re: That's What Cheesehead: 38.31 - Dempsey Rebounding in Platoon Role

Post by RonCo » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:04 pm

I'm not sure why, but I've always kind of liked Dempsey.
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Re: That's What Cheesehead: 38.31 - Dempsey Rebounding in Platoon Role

Post by 7teen » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:15 pm

RonCo wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:04 pm
I'm not sure why, but I've always kind of liked Dempsey.
You’re a softy for guys who put up unique stats for the same team just like me!!
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