Originally Posted by dougdirt
Dan Patrick was an all-state high school basketball player. Doesn't mean he was a great athlete.
Billy Hamilton's speed is what made him good in track. It is what made him good in football. It is part of what makes him good in baseball. Take away Hamilton's insane speed and make him just a fast runner (let's say he is just as fast as Didi Gregorius, who is an above-average runner), does anyone really think he is some elite athlete? Don't get me wrong, he is a very good athlete, but as an athlete from top to bottom, he doesn't stand out among the field aside from his pure speed. He doesn't have a good arm, he has an average arm. He doesn't have outstanding bat speed, he has solid bat speed. He doesn't have good hands, he has average hands. He doesn't have average strength, he has below average strength. I just don't see it guys, not to the point where he is some super athlete among other top end of the spectrum athletes.
Give it up man! Billy Hamilton is an accomplished minor league baseball player (one of the top 50 prospects in the game according to BA and other publications) and was good enough at football to receive a D-I college scholarship. He is absolutely a "great athlete." Will he be a "great baseball player"? That's still to be determined. But no question Hamilton is an elite athlete.
The fact that you would even argue about Usain Bolt is hilarious too. I'd say a guy that has gold medals hanging off his neck after breaking Olympic records is a great athlete, no question about it. Especially when he's the fastest man in the history of the world as far as we know. It would be like saying "Michael Phelps isn't a great athlete; he's just a great swimmer." No, once you reach the top of a respected sport, you are a "great athlete" by default. (Well, unless we're talking about golf or NASCAR of course. Ha. Oh wait, I did say "respected" so that does eliminate NECKCAR.)