September, the month of Bo Bichette

September, the month of Bo Bichette

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Forget the Vladimir Guerrero Jr., George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez or even Alejandro Kirk of this world; Bo Bichette has been the man to watch at bat for the Blue Jays since the beginning of September. 

Particularly inconsistent in 2022, the shortstop player finally seems to have found the secret recipe when he comes to the plate. In his last seven games, Bichette has had 16 hits and a stellar .516 batting average. Of his 16 strikes from the safe, five were sent out of bounds, including three in a single game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. He also drove in 14 points and crossed the plate 11 times himself. 

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Asked about his approach when he comes face to face with a pitcher, after his performance of three long balls, by the Sportsnet network, Bichette had only one word in mind: aggressiveness.

“When I arrives at the plate, I only try to hit,” admitted the principal concerned.

“Sometimes [I wait for a precise throw], but other times, it's a simple matter of seeing the ball well and hitting it. I feel good, but I have to keep working and stay focused.”

These recent successes will be welcome for the 24-year-old athlete, who has suffered a downturn in 2022. Although he has increased his batting average from .260 to .275 in the last week, this statistic proves to be one of the worst in career for Bichette, who is used to hovering around .300 in his first three major league campaigns. He could end the campaign with similar stats to 2021 if he keeps up that blistering pace.

“We're only starting to see who he really is the older he gets,” outfielder George Springer first described his young teammate. Bo is extremely talented and his work ethic is second to none. He wants to be the best and is always ready to listen, to learn, even when he fails. He has this mysterious ability to be able to do anything and leave you in shock.”

A role model, even off the field

Bichette has been unveiled as the player selected by the Blue Jays for the Roberto-Clemente Award, Thursday.

This trophy is awarded annually to a player who not only excels on the field, in addition to having contributed to his community.

The member of Canada's only Major League Baseball team is particularly involved in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida during the offseason. He offers weekly help in a shelter, where he donates clothes and food to the most destitute. The shortstop player has also participated in baseball camps for young people in the region, among his many initiatives.