Originally Posted by mace
I don't know . . . maybe hitting and fielding? I suspect that an additional 10 years of muscle memory--putting the bat on the ball, chasing down flies, all the things that constitute playing the game--would serve him well in those areas. Every study I've ever read suggests that there's no substitute for repetition. I don't think Pete Rose would be eager to give back those tens of thousands of swings he took in front of the mirror when he was a kid. I doubt that Mike Piazza believes he wasted his childhood in his backyard batting cage. I'm guessing that Larry Bird took a few helpful jump shots between the ages of eight and fifteen.
Does Lutz have an inconsistent swing? If not, this point holds zero amount of water.