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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Wendt View Post
    Both Indians were cricket players.

    The vision of the "million-dollar hunt" was or is that in much of the world, involving millions of players, cricket is high-level competitive sport with a specialist bowler role broadly similar to the baseball pitcher role. In many young men where cricket is the hardball game of choice, bowling must develop the arm strength necessary for major league pitching.
    I'm not sure that's right. My understanding is that Dinesh and Rinku were primarily javelin-throwers who hadn't really played a lot of cricket. And the "Million Dollar Arm" contest didn't target India so much because it's a cricket-playing country, but because the guy who financed the show, a wealthy American software entrepreneur, is an Indian-born baseball fanatic who wants to spread the gospel of baseball in his homeland. I've fogetten his name, so I'll try to find the article I've read about him. It's interesting.

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    Never did find that article. But I thought I'd provide an update on Rinku. After a so-so stint in the Australian Baseball League, he was invited back to play rookie ball for the Pirates. He spent a short few weeks earlier this month in the Dominican Summer League, and is now back with the GCL Pirates in Bradenton. Looks like the Pirates are having him pitch more innings in middle relief. Just yesterday, he notched his first win for the GCL Pirates, striking out five in 4 innings and giving up only one hit. A good sign: No walks. (Control has been a problem for Rinku.) A great return to Florida for the lefty.
    Last edited by Rally Monkey; 06-23-2011 at 02:07 PM.

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    Last year, by the way, Rinku was promoted to State College, the Pirates' single-A short season affiliate in the New York-Penn League. He made one appearance and pitched well. If he continues to perform in Bradenton, watch for Rinku to get another promotion later this summer.

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    Update: As expected, Rinku's been promoted to State College. And here's a link to last week's press release announcing Season 2 of The Million Dollar Arm: http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrele...1062289971.htm. Looks like MLB is taking a direct role in t he competition this time around, supplying coaches and using their China facility to train the winners. Expect to hear more about this...
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    The Hunt for “The Million Dollar Arm” Season 2 Begins

    News about TMDA season 2; here are some portions of the article...

    Jun 22, 2011

    Bengaluru: As the saying goes – The Winner takes it all, making this axiom a reality in India is “The Million Dollar Arm Contest” which is back with a bigger and awe-inspiring Season 2.
    Season 2 of TMDA will handpick the fastest and power pitches of young participants from across India and groom them under the MLB coaches for 6 months in China. In addition, the winners also get an opportunity for try-outs for professional contracts with the top Baseball Leagues in USA & Asia
    This year the competition is scheduled from June-September 2011 and will see 5 Vans to target 1000 colleges in 60 cities and nearby towns in India. 50 fastest pitchers will undergo 2 weeks conditioning camp leading to elimination rounds in the final try outs for the fastest pitcher in India.
    Source: http://apnnews.com/2011/06/22/the-hu...ason-2-begins/
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    Sorry Rally, I thought no one had posted about TDMA 2 yet. What do you think are his chances of getting promoted to Class A?

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    Promoted to Class A

    Rinku Singh is listed on Pittsburgh's Class A West Virginia Power roster. He hasn't pitched for them yet, but let's see how he does at this level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
    Sorry Rally, I thought no one had posted about TDMA 2 yet. What do you think are his chances of getting promoted to Class A?
    I'm sorry I overlooked your post, NEA. But to answer your question, I would've predicted last week that Rinku was likely to stay in Rookie A ball all summer. That's mainly because of this interview with the manager of the State College Spikes, who said that the plan was for Rinku to get a lot of innings and then report in the fall to the Pirates instructional league.

    This was all before today's exciting news, of course. So we'll see!

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    It is really hard to believe a Indian is just three steps from the Majors. Great Story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hysteria View Post
    This is so stupid its all about money. There are enough kids in American college's that get looked over for these bums. I think the talent going to waste in the college systems is disgusting. Just look at these Japanese ''All-Stars'' they bring over. Only one Ichiro Suzuki has been good. The rest are sub-par. The pitchers good for one year because no one has seen what the hell a gyro-ball is.
    This guy had a good point about Japenese players. Especially pitchers, Dice K has never had a good year after he posted this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
    This guy had a good point about Japenese players. Especially pitchers, Dice K has never had a good year after he posted this.
    No, it's not a good point. I mean, if it's all about the money, why would an MLB team pony of tens of millions on a posting fee for a Japanese pitcher if they could spend a fraction of that developing one of these college kids that are allegedly looked over?

    The correct answer is that MLB teams evaluate talent. They want to win championships by getting the best players they can. Sometimes a Japanese player fits the bill. Sometimes they don't. And that's that.

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    The first problem with Japanese players is that they are tied to that system until they're 27-30. That means when they come over most are already in decline. Another problem is that most have been pitchers, and they have tended to use their pitchers hard in Japan, which tends to burn them out--and also makes them subject to that issue when they come over here.
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    Rinku made his first Sally League apparance last night. The line:

    W 1, ERA 0.00, G 1, IP 3.0, H 1, R 0, ER 0, HR 0, BB 0, SO 2, GO/AO 0.50, AVG .111

    Hard to imagine a better result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post
    Rinku made his first Sally League apparance last night. The line:

    W 1, ERA 0.00, G 1, IP 3.0, H 1, R 0, ER 0, HR 0, BB 0, SO 2, GO/AO 0.50, AVG .111

    Hard to imagine a better result.
    That's pretty darn good.

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    Rinku earned his 2nd win for West Virginia; he's 2-0 with 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 10 Innings of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
    Rinku earned his 2nd win for West Virginia; he's 2-0 with 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 10 Innings of work.
    Yeah. His walks are way down, which is a great sign. A nice number of strikeouts too.

    He's had a few rough innings. But they're outliers. For the most part, this is really an incredible performance.

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    Gaurav Nehra wins “The Million Dollar Arm” Season 2

    Over two weeks ago...

    Bengaluru: Gaurav Nehra, a javelin throw athlete from Ghaziabad, UP has won The Million Dollar Arm – “The search for India’s Best Baseball Contenders” Season 2, with pitches of 85 miles per hour. The first and the second runners-up were Gaurav Kumar from Rohtak & Kalttar Singh also from Meerut. The winner, Gaurav Nehra made the fastest pitch with a speed of 85 miles per hour per/hr to bag the prize money of US$ 50,000 and a golden opportunity to train at Major League Baseball (MLB) Academy in China.



    Source: http://apnnews.com/2011/08/31/gaurav...-arm-season-2/

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    The Million Dollar Arm should really evolve into a Million Dollar Skills contest. Maybe it will, because of MLB's involvement in TMDA. Some of the participants that don't make the final cut may have above average speed and hand/eye coordination. The first two TMDA winners were Javelin Throwers, not Cricketers. Opening up the range of skills would only make the contest more appealing to participants. Any thoughts?

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    I wonder about all those indian javelin throwers who only throw 80s. Are they amateur javelin throwers? I know india is not good at the javelin but an elite javelin thrower should be able to throw well over 90 right away. american jav thrower breaux greer (90+m thrower) threw high 90s as a HS kid.
    I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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