|First baseman / Left fielder|
November 12, 1950 |
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|July 19, 1974 for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1986 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||658|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bruce Anton Bochte (born November 12, 1950 in Pasadena, California) is a former utility baseball player with a 12-year career from 1974–1982, 1984-1986. He played for the California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's all of the American League. Bochte, a first baseman, outfielder and designated hitter, played collegiate ball for Santa Clara University until he was drafted in the second round (34th overall) of the 1972 Major League Baseball Draft.
Bochte boycotted the entire 1983 season as a personal protest over rising player salaries. He believed that money was destroying the game he loved, but he returned without explanation the next season. Bochte is now an avowed agnostic and is working to "save the Mother Earth from humankind's destructive ways." He states that he has no contact with anyone from his baseball days except for Dusty Baker. It is unknown how and why he and Baker still communicate.
- 1975 Baseball Register published by The Sporting News
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