Originally Posted by dougdirt
Jenner probably would have been an above average runner.
But in this situation, what does Hamilton's ability to play other sports at a high level (which is almost directly tied to him being incredibly fast) do for him on the baseball field?
It means that he has the athletic ability to learn new skills.
To me being a great athlete says nothing about tools or skills. Tools and skills are acquired through hard work, intelligence and natural talent. Athleticism is based slowly on natural talent. It mostly has to do with coordination, quickness and strength, but it can't be divided like the five baseball tools, it's one "tool" in and of itself.
Having athleticism helps individuals succeed in most physical sports, since coordination is the main requirement for success in most sports. Throw in hard work and intelligence, and most great athletes will develop most of the tools or skills needed to succeed at most sports. Hamilton seems to be proving that true.