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    Most important skill in baseball

    What is the singlemost important skill a baseball player needs to be successfull in the MLB?

    My first response was hitting but there are plenty of solid D, light hitting players who make a living.

    I also thought raw altheticism but that's pretty vague and plenty of prospects have had top shelf althetic skills but couldn't get it all together.

    I settled on timing. The timing to hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball (including pitching) and run around the bases has to be spot on to rise to the top in MLB.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Scrappy?

    Honestly though, I would say control..

    Control of your bat & hitting where you want it to go
    Control of your throws in the field
    Control of your pitches if your a pitcher
    In a way though, I guess having control is similar to having good timing

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    I think it all comes down to knowing how to play the game the right way.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post
    I think it all comes down to knowing how to play the game the right way.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    God given ability, and a head to use it.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

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    I think it's the ability to will the pitcher to walk you. Scouts need to realize this and start tracking Little Leaguers who steadfastly anchor the bat to their shoulders, quaking at the knees and whimpering in order to divert the pitcher's attention from the plate.

    Nah -- it's squaring the baseball on the barrel of the bat.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    I don't think it's THE most important, but adaptability is a great quality to have as a ball-player. An ability to make good split-second decisions and adjustments.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Hiring Scott Boras as your agent?

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    From a pitcher's point of view, it's making the sweet spot of the hitter's bat miss the ball.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    That's easy. THe ability to get on base is easily the most important skill a baseball player can have.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Strength and Flexibility
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC View Post
    God given ability, and a head to use it.
    I think the MENTAL approach is VERY IMPORTANT.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by goreds2 View Post
    I think the MENTAL approach is VERY IMPORTANT.
    Very much so, yes.
    Great eyesight is very helpful, too - but then again, that really is not a skill.

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