WE 'BELLIEVE'
Josh Bell, first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, has had a record breaking season and it's only the beginning of June. His 2019 season honors already include NL Player of the Week, Month, Hits and RBI leader, top ten batting average and headlining All-Star voting ballets. However, it wasn't easy getting here. In this newsletter, we are examining Bell's rise and battle through adversity after a "sophomore slump," experiencing failure, and his personal struggles with major sports publications calling him "nothing special." These are the comeback stories we at Human Capital Advisors love because it showcases our core value: " the power of people."
CALL IT A COMEBACK

"Josh Bell can't play. He's not a good defender. He's a big lump. He has bad agility, bad footwork. He can't run. Supposedly he's a big power threat, but he hit 12 home runs at first base. This is not a kid! This is his third year in the big leagues! I don't think he's got the ability to get better. "
KEEP IT SIMPLE MINDSET
Bell leads the major leagues in doubles (21) and RBIs (53). His 18 home runs are tied for fourth and his .332 batting average ranks sixth. He's a near lock for his first All-Star Game appearance and there's support to get him into the Home Run Derby after his player of the month performance.

''It's just understanding that there's some frustration to the game, there's some frustration to the at bats,'' Cruz said. ''The key is not letting it carry from one at bat to another and then more importantly not letting it carry over to the next game.''
IMPROVING ON AND OFF THE DIAMOND
“Last year, I was searching,” Bell said. “I was swinging more and trying to find something. I don’t think it can be found in the cages. I think it needs to be found between the lines and understanding what’s going on out there. It was a good learning experience, for sure.”

Only a few things remain, Bell said. One, his pregame prayer, something that dates back to the summer of 2013. Either in the clubhouse or on the field — he’s not too specific — Bell never forgets to pray.
MIGHTY MAY

“He’s a special talent,” starter Chris Archer said. “The coolest part about Josh is he’s stayed the same human being. He pushes himself. If he gets out, he gets mad. He’s hitting .340 and he’s angry that he got out, which continues to keep him motivated. He’s not content. We’ve got four months left in the season, and I expect to see big things from him going forward."
DAVE BAKER'S TAKE

Josh Bell is currently the star of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a favorite throughout the major leagues. He’s a gifted athlete, a standout amongst hundreds of exceptional athletes, one might say he’s shaping up to have one of the best years of anyone in the majors. It’s a nice place to be and he certainly deserves the accolades. But it’s so easy in our instant gratification lives to overlook what it took to really get there...

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