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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Team Clark View Post
    Strength and Flexibility
    Those are attributes.

    I say being able to know what pitches to swing at, and pitches not to swing at. I mean patience, but that is sometimes turned into: waiting for a walk. So I guess what I mean is a good eye.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by AvesIce51 View Post
    Those are attributes.

    I say being able to know what pitches to swing at, and pitches not to swing at. I mean patience, but that is sometimes turned into: waiting for a walk. So I guess what I mean is a good eye.
    You really had me thinking on this one. I should have read the post more closely.

    I too would have to go with a Good Eye. Good eyes lead to good jusdgement. Well, you hope anyway.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    the ability to make the triple play

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
    What is the singlemost important skill a baseball player needs to be successfull in the MLB?
    The ability to say, "Mr. Boras will represent me."

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    the ability to bat in order

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    ....is the ability to get your socks just the right length - not too high and not too low. It is also crucial to get both the right and left socks level. Failing to do this can result in some serious pine time. In fact this is somewhat of a lost art. Baseball purists across the country bemoan the current situation where many players have simply given up trying to master this skill and resort to having their trousers hemmed at shoe-top length. Which is why it is so refreshing to see that Chris Denorfia still possesses that old-school knack. Great hosiery fundamentals on that kid.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    That's easy. THe ability to get on base is easily the most important skill a baseball player can have.
    What about the ability to keep people off base?
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Short memory.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Yeah, a problem for the Reds for some time. Pitching, pitching, pitching.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Reflexes, those with superior reflexes rule the game.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC View Post
    Yeah, a problem for the Reds for some time. Pitching, pitching, pitching.
    I actually meant that a short memory is an important "skill" but yeah, I guess pitching is kind of important too.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Short memory particularly important for closers.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Reflexes, those with superior reflexes rule the game.
    I had posted earlier that I thought timing was the most important skill because it applied to all the "disciplines" of baseball: hitting, pitching, catching and running. But reflexes might be another way of saying the same thing.

    Some of the skills listed here are good but strike me as one dimentional. Getting on base is critical, but what you do afterwards, and preventing the other team from doing the same is pretty important also.

    And some of the skills listed are definatley creative. I had certinally overlooked the critical importance of ones hosiery...thanks for opening my eyes!
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    The ability to chew tobacco while you were playing without gettting deathly sick was once an incredible skill to the ballplayer. Very important to have the chaw in the jaw that was on the opposite side that faced the pitcher when you were batting because the full jaw of chaw pinched the eye and restricted the ability to see the ball. The ability to crack sunflower seeds, eat them and spit out the shells while you are playing has replaced the fine art of tobacco chewing that is no longer PC and not healthy.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Tying one's shoes. It would be very hard to play baseball with your laces undone....
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.


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