Originally Posted by Lewdog
If you knew your history it doesn't work that way, and Greg Maddox would tell you the same thing about pitching. There has been plenty of guys with a 100 mph fastball and a curve ball that can fall off the table with more natural talent than Maddox, but they will never be able to hold his jock.
Knowing your opponents weakness is what allows players to succeed. Talent helps, but if the other player has more talent than you do you just tee it up for them? Of course not.
Velocity isn't the only talent that a pitcher can possess. Command/control is also a skill, and Maddux's was impeccable.