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  • Does baseball require the least athleticism of all sports?

    True or False - baseball requires the least athleticism of all major sports.

    The greatest basketball player: http://www.celebritycarz.com/wp-cont...ael-jordan.jpg

    The greatest football player: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VqqaTrR6Pq...Jerry+rice.jpg

    The greatest hockey player: http://sciencewitness.com/wp-content...e-gretzky2.jpg

    But the greatest baseball player? He looks like this:






































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    Even in modern years, it shows.

    Mo Vaughn, David Ortiz, C.C. Sabitha, Bartolo Colon, Frank Thomas, Tony Gwynn, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and David Wells have all had success in this sport.
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    Yes, baseball requires less athleticism than football, basketball, and hockey.
    58.06%
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    No, baseball requires more athleticism than football, basketball, and hockey
    29.03%
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    I don't know.
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  • #2
    I voted yes but I think baseball is the hardest of the 4.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #3
      Baseball requires a lot of athleticism and endurance to last a 162 games season.
      San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

      "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

      "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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      • #4
        And when you show a picture of an old athlete, what do you expect? He has to be in his last 30's in the picture. In his younger days, he was much fitter.
        San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

        "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

        "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
          Baseball requires a lot of athleticism and endurance to last a 162 games season.
          To be able to play 162 games is hard to do but lets face it most of the time a fielder really isn't doing much and if he's not hitting, he's sitting on the bench. The rest of the sports your active pretty much the whole game. I hate when announcers talk about how hard it is for these players to be on a field when it's 100 degrees outside. It's usually a few hours and half the time they don't do anything.
          "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

          "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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          • #6
            this is the best player in football right now





            no knock on Eli's play of course. I met him briefly back in 2005 (with Chad Pennington) at a Giant-Jet training camp and he's a nice guy.

            Eli truly is the most "clutch" although his regular season stats aren't the best

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            • #7
              A nice 60 minute war on the gridiron that plays out for say 3 hours only really provides 10-15 minutes worth of action from snap to whistle through out. There used to be quite a few videos on Youtube that broke games down.
              Last edited by Buczilla; 08-05-2012, 08:02 PM.

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              • #8
                I don't want to hear "Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports" again (read my second sig, LOL). How about scoring in soccer? All kidding aside, every sport has its own tough task(s),
                Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

                If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Buczilla View Post
                  A nice 60 minute war on the gridiron that plays out for say 3 hours only really provides 10-15 minutes worth of action from snap to whistle through out. There used to be quite a few videos on Youtube that broke games down.
                  Thats a good point but you surely cant be Terry Forster and expect to do well in football. You gotta be very athletic especially nowdays to be in the NFL.
                  "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                  "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=redban;2046267]True or False - baseball requires the least athleticism of all major sports.

                    The greatest basketball player: http://www.celebritycarz.com/wp-cont...ael-jordan.jpg

                    The greatest football player: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VqqaTrR6Pq...Jerry+rice.jpg

                    The greatest hockey player: http://sciencewitness.com/wp-content...e-gretzky2.jpg

                    But the greatest baseball player? He looks like this:









                    Did Ruth at time carry more weight than he should have, yes at times in his career but your showing a picture of him in his later years, not always that heavy.
                    Your giving a select number of the heavier players in the game, every night we see highlights of some incrediable fielding plays, you have to be very athletic to pull off plays like we see. Some are difficult to believe.
                    Also the younger Ruth was a fine outfielder and could cover some ground.
                    In baseball you can carry some weight at some positions. Your not constantly on the run, quick burst to make a fielding play and if you can hit, you make it. [ Quote]

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
                        Thats a good point but you surely cant be Terry Forster and expect to do well in football. You gotta be very athletic especially nowdays to be in the NFL.
                        Not if you play QB. Manning and Brady are just some of the stiffs that are successful in the NFL.
                        Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

                        If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.

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                        • #13
                          Of the 4 major team sports (the ones in the poll), I would say yes. Baseball requires the least athleticism. However, there have always been some great athletes that played this sport, anyway. Baseball is more a collection of practiced skills than the others. Good hand-eye coordination is required, of course, but you can practice fielding by taking a zillion ground balls. Or, you can practice hitting. Speed helps, and strength helps, but it's not as essential in baseball as it is in football or basketball.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by redban View Post
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                            Again, showing a small sample out of hundreds of players. You can probably weigh 300 pounds and still pitch. Ortiz at first base, no problem, then a DH. When younger I was impressed with Ortiz running out EBH's not that slow for a big guy. Tony Gwynn why wouldn't he be in the game, only one of the greatest hitters in our time, his weight can be overlooked. Also Tony stole 319 bases CS 125, stole 56 in one season..
                            Isn't it obvious your not going to see a basketball player carrying lots of weight running up and down the court, two completely different sports
                            Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 08-05-2012, 08:34 PM.

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                            • #15
                              i'll admit Shoeless got me viewing this a little different because you really do have to be pretty athletic to make some of the plays these guys make. It's just hard for me to think Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn are very athletic. But Derrick Rose, Brian Urlacher and Patrick Kane all seem very athletic.
                              "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                              "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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