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Eric Boddie worked to show he could play over 3 pro seasons

Eric Boddie 1990 Vero Beach Dodgers card

The Dodgers selected Eric Boddie late in the 1988 draft, later than he'd expected, The Great Falls Tribune wrote

Boddie, however, tried not to let that impact him, he told The Tribune that July.

"Maybe it was a fluke, but to me the round doesn't really matter," Boddie told The Tribune. I can't take it personally. As long as you get a shot. I'm getting that here and I'm going to show people that I can play."

Boddie went on to play for the Dodgers at high-A Vero Beach two seasons later. He didn't make it higher

Boddie's career began that year in 1988, taken by the Dodgers in the 61st round of the draft out of Creighton University.

Boddie started with the Dodgers at rookie Great Falls. He saw 51 games and hit .333, with four home runs. 

He then played 1989 at single-A Bakersfield and at short-season Salem. He saw 81 games at Bakersfield and hit .186. That June, Boddie worked with Dodgers coach and former major leaguer Reggie Smith to try and get out of a slump, The Los Angeles Times wrote in a feature on Smith.

"Reggie relates well to us," Boddie told The Times. "Most of us grew up watching him play. Talking to him is like talking to your older brother."

Boddie moved to high-A Vero Beach for 1990. He got into 80 games and hit .236. That season marked his last as a pro.

Eric Boddie 1990 Vero Beach Dodgers card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,834
Made the Majors:1,288-33.6%
Never Made Majors:2,546-66.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:322

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