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    A good idea to promote the game in second most populous nation in the world:
    American baseball scouts have started a contest to find the fastest pitcher in India, in an attempt to attract talent, fans and sponsors from the cricket-mad sub-continent.

    Thousands of young cricketers will compete next month for a prize of $50,000 (£25,000) plus 12 months’ intensive training in San Francisco and a chance to join a Major League team for the 2009 season.
    Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2926191.ece


    'Million Dollar Arm Hunt' winner Rinku Bhramdeen Singh, left, and runner up Dinesh Kumar Patel, right, pose for photographers, at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Friday, May 2, 2008. The hunt which was launched in December 2007 was to find the fastest baseball pitcher in India with the winners receiving 12 months intensive baseball training in San Francisco, and a chance to try out for a major league baseball team for the 2009 season.
    And it looks like more of these competitions will be held:
    JB Bernstein, the organiser of the contest, aims to expand the competition worldwide to popularize the sports.

    "We saw a lot of kids in this country who have very strong arms and we'll be expanding the contest next year. This year we'll be doing 30 cities, next year we'll be doing 1500- 2000 cities. And we hope that in the next five to ten years, we can really grow this, find some great talent and once they get off to the US. Hopefully, people will follow them and learn about baseball," said Bernstein.
    source: http://www.andhranews.net/Sports/200...ball-43172.asp

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    Do you know how fast?

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    • #3
      That's awesome! It's high time baseball started working the cricket world for players. And to think people say baseball is a slow game....cricket matches take DAYS.
      Clyde's Stale Cards - A blog about the international world of baseball cards.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by qbabaseball2299 View Post
        Do you know how fast?
        Here is something
        Rinku Bhramdeen Singh (19), who can throw ball at over 89 mph and was adjudged the fastest thrower in the 'Million Dollar Arm Hunt'
        Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/news...-dream/304548/

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        • #5
          Expos had a Indian-American in their system in the early 90s..Ranbir Grewal.
          sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Here's some exciting news from USA Today: The two winning pitchers will hold try-outs today for scouts representing at least 20 major league teams.

            And this won't be the last time. The "million dollar arm" organizers are heading back to India again this year to hold another competition.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DaClyde View Post
              That's awesome! It's high time baseball started working the cricket world for players. And to think people say baseball is a slow game....cricket matches take DAYS.
              I know nothing about cricket. A question for knowledgeable cricket fans. Are the skills needed for cricket very close to the skills needed to play baseball? Could a world class cricket player be "converted" into a professional baseball player?
              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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              • #8
                This is interesting, and it's always good to see baseball expanding into new countries, but yesterday's tryouts seemed like more of a p.r. stunt than a legit tryout. Per an article I read, the lefty topped out at 84, and the righty, who apparently is well below 6 feet tall, touched 90. I suppose the latter kid might be worth a longer look, but at age 19, they wouldn't be taken seriously in established baseball-playing countries. (And, anyway, I don't see how a carnival-style, come-throw-as-hard-as-you-can type of thing will build grassroots interest in baseball in India.)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Agente Libre View Post
                  This is interesting, and it's always good to see baseball expanding into new countries, but yesterday's tryouts seemed like more of a p.r. stunt than a legit tryout. Per an article I read, the lefty topped out at 84, and the righty, who apparently is well below 6 feet tall, touched 90. I suppose the latter kid might be worth a longer look, but at age 19, they wouldn't be taken seriously in established baseball-playing countries. (And, anyway, I don't see how a carnival-style, come-throw-as-hard-as-you-can type of thing will build grassroots interest in baseball in India.)
                  Good points Agent Libre. Have either of these teens even played in an actual baseball game, even a pick up game? Does India have Little League teams?
                  Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                  • #10
                    Cricket fans in England are scared of baseball, and will always make jokes about baseball at every opportunity, calling it "rounders" (a kids game that has different rules in each playground)

                    This is the main reason cricket will never become a major sport in England. As you can see from any English newspaper article about baseball, there will be replies from cricket fans poking fun at baseball.

                    I don't think this is the same in other cricket playing countries around the world, just England, because of the rounders connection.
                    Last edited by slider; 11-08-2008, 01:26 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Baseball has been played in parts of India for decades obviously at a low level and MLB has sent coaches and conducted clinics. Little league baseball was started in India last year or the year before.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slider View Post
                        Cricket fans in England are scared of baseball, and will always make jokes about baseball at every opportunity, calling it "rounders" (a kids game that has different rules in each playground)
                        Interesting, many kids in the Dominican Republic play a Cricket like game called La Plaquita:
                        Cricket in the Dominican Republic

                        When one mention’s the word “cricket,” rarely does anyone think of the Dominican Republic. In fact, if you were to associate cricket and the Dominican Republic most people would think of a grasshopper and the noises they make once the sun goes out. Cricket, a sport long popular in England and its many colonies, has now surfaced as one of the newest sports available to Dominicans as a recreational activity, but in digging deeper into Dominican history most would be astounded to know that cricket was played in the DR long before the country’s pastime, baseball, was even around. In fact long after baseball became the national pastime and cricket faded into almost absolute obscurity Dominicans continued playing a rudimentary version of cricket, “la plaquita,” though they didn’t know it. One hundred and twenty years after the game was originally introduced to Dominicans by West Indian immigrants a small, but dedicated group of players and fans, are uniting in the hopes of making the DR a cricket playing nation and introducing this generation of Dominicans two one of the world’s most popular sports.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                          I know nothing about cricket. A question for knowledgeable cricket fans. Are the skills needed for cricket very close to the skills needed to play baseball? Could a world class cricket player be "converted" into a professional baseball player?
                          There is a thread in Between Innings which covers this question ..........Trying to figure out cricket

                          Originally posted by Slider:
                          This is the main reason cricket will never become a major sport in England.
                          Do you mean 'baseball will never.....':noidea Then again the way the English have been playing cricket since winning the Ashes a couple of years ago you may mean what you said
                          Last edited by DownUnderDodger; 11-08-2008, 09:12 PM. Reason: Updating
                          "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

                          No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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                          • #14
                            Here is an update: Despite Loose Dirt, Rinku and Dinesh Win Another Tryout.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08329/930453-100.stm
                              http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/ne...=.jsp&c_id=pit

                              They were signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. I am definately interested in seeing how this goes over. Perhaps India could have more baseball potential then China?

                              The Pirates.mlb link also says the Pirates signed a South African, never knew that.
                              Last edited by cutchemist42; 11-25-2008, 12:21 AM.

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