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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN CHAR NC View Post
    Short memory particularly important for closers.
    Not to mention every hitter in the game (the whole failing 7 out of 10 times thing).
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    To get to the bigs, stay a long time, and make lots of money. You only need to have one skill. Hit a lot of home runs. See Adam Dunn.
    WHEN DOES IT STOP!?!?

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Fly View Post
    To get to the bigs, stay a long time, and make lots of money. You only need to have one skill. Hit a lot of home runs. See Adam Dunn.
    This post should generate some interesting discussion...

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    the ability to avaoid the minors

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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 know a lot of guys with great reflexes that can't do squat. You might need strength to go along with it. Tony Womack has good reflexes...

    You only need to have one skill. Hit a lot of home runs. See Adam Dunn.
    Noooo run!

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    Short memory.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Speed (here me out).
    A speed guy can get to more balls in the field.
    A speed guy can steal bases more aptly to advance a runner.
    A speed guy is more likely to score on a base hit.

    You can work on a lot of things in baseball, but being able to run a 40 in 4.4 is god given.
    Last edited by EddieMilner; 11-07-2006 at 04:09 PM.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by EddieMilner View Post
    you can't teach speed.
    Is that Tony Womack?

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    the most important characteristic is a euphonious appellation, such as Kalvoski

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by EddieMilner View Post
    Speed (here me out).
    A speed guy can get to more balls in the field.
    A speed guy can steal bases more aptly to advance a runner.
    A speed guy is more likely to score on a base hit.

    You can work on a lot of things in baseball, but being able to run a 40 in 4.4 is god given.
    It is not that important of a skill. Speed alone will never give someone a career in MLB. See: a lot of guys that run 4.38 40's that never made it. The ability to hit 40 HR's is a lot more important than being fast (although that isn't my #1 important skill). Kenny Lewis comes to mind. He was the fastest player in college football when he was going to play at Virgina Tech, he signed with the Reds though and failed without showing any prospect of being good. Stole 71 bases in 3 seasons and had a career OPS of .644.

    When evaluating tools, speed is probably fourth out of the big five, unless you have a cannon of an arm, it could be your 5th most important tool.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by AvesIce51 View Post
    It is not that important of a skill. Speed alone will never give someone a career in MLB. See: a lot of guys that run 4.38 40's that never made it. The ability to hit 40 HR's is a lot more important than being fast (although that isn't my #1 important skill). Kenny Lewis comes to mind. He was the fastest player in college football when he was going to play at Virgina Tech, he signed with the Reds though and failed without showing any prospect of being good. Stole 71 bases in 3 seasons and had a career OPS of .644.

    When evaluating tools, speed is probably fourth out of the big five, unless you have a cannon of an arm, it could be your 5th most important tool.
    tell deon sanders that.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by EddieMilner View Post
    tell deon sanders that.
    The Branch Rickey method was speed first, in open camps they always did a sprint first, cutting out the slower types first. As the stadiums got smaller that wasn't always the case.

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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by BRM View Post
    This post should generate some interesting discussion...
    Good one BRM. Yours will also.

    The point of my post was to state the obvious. I just got tired of reading such things as flexability, speed, jump, ect. Because when it comes down to it, there is always someone that is faster, can jump higher, or more flexable. It takes a combination of these skills, that are required to make it and stay in the big league.

    There is one skill that can get you to the big leagues and that is the skill to hit home runs. If flexabilty could get you even a cup of coffee, the yoga teacher at the local rec club would be platooning for a spot in Left field.

    If there was one other skill that could even get you to the big leagues, I would say it is a fastball that tops 100+ MPH. But if you have no control you will not be around for long.

    So I am glad you could help BRM. And thanks for your insight.
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    Re: Most important skill in baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Fly View Post
    So I am glad you could help BRM. And thanks for your insight.
    Relax. Posts on this site that give the impression that all Adam Dunn can do is hit home runs or rip him in some way generally spur lots of heated debate. No need to get all offended and throw the rolleyes smiley at me.


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