What Sport has the Most Skilled Athletes?

Before we get started I need to explain what I mean by most skilled athlete. This person has the best of both worlds he is an athlete with quick feet and can run fast. But he also has the skill of a baseball hitter that has the hand to eye coordination. You have the ability of the pitcher on the mound, attempting to fool the hitter with his skill. Then you go to the games of skill like a bowler, and pool shooter.

The sports we will be discussing

  1. Baseball
  2. Football
  3. Hockey
  4. Basketball
  5. Soccer
  6. Tennis
  7. Racquetball

 

What sets baseball apart from the other major sports is you need to be a relaxed concentration. The player needs to be focused on the game situations and what he needs to do as an individual player to help the team. The intensity of a baseball player is when you go into second base to break up the double play. The close play at the plate when the catcher positions himself to block the path of the runner trying to score is another example.

The athleticism of the baseball player is when he is running to the gap to catch a long fly ball or leaping up against the wall to rob the batter of a home run.  The batter hitting the ball in the gap and sliding into third base in a cloud of dust.

One of the skills in baseball comes with hitting the baseball. The timing and the skill to do this is the most difficult to accomplish in all of sports. Pitching is another skill in baseball, to be able to throw strikes and develop two or three solid pitches.

Football and hockey are examples of very intense sports that lead to a lot of collisions. The players need to keep their energy up on their motors almost the whole time when competing.

Basketball is a lot of running and jumping which is the athletic part of the sport. The shooting and passing of the ball is more of a skill for the basketball player.

When I think of soccer, I think of a lot of running for distance and also short bursts of speed. The skill comes with the shooting of the ball and the passing to teammates.

Tennis is a sport that has a combination of athleticism and skill. There is a need to be quick to reach the ball that your opponent has hit. The skill comes when you are hitting the ball to win the serve.

Racquetball is a sport that is great for your cardiovascular, athleticism, and to show your skill. On the court there are short bursts of energy at all times, and the skill to defeat your opponent with quick and strategic shots.

I am going to narrow this down to the best skilled athletes on the team sports.

The most skilled athlete on the baseball diamond is the shortstop and a close second is the center fielder. A shortstop has to be quick with his feet and to be able to explode in a direction to field ground balls. The need to catch a blooper like a wide receiver going for a pass is very important and takes athleticism. The skill to catch the hot grounders and to redirect the ball to turn the double play is a skill. Hitting the baseball is the hardest skill to master in all of sports and the shortstop is expected to make a contribution at the plate.

There is no doubt in football the most skilled athlete is the wide receiver. This is a man that usually can run and change directions like a cheetah. These men are very athletic and have the skill to catch a football thrown like a bullet into a crowd of mad men that want split him in half! This does not seem to be a lot of fun to me at the higher levels of the game.

Another physical sport is hockey and the most skilled athlete is the center.  He needs to be fast and able to change directions in an instant. The sudden stop and go and change of direction on skates is pretty awesome. The skill comes with all the puck handling, passing and shooting the puck. Hockey players are animals on skates and are high on the food chain as far as being skilled athletes.

The athleticism of basketball players is really something to watch with the foot speed and the jumping ability. The best skilled athlete on the court is the guard. This man needs to be fast and quick to be able to out maneuver the opponent. The skill comes with his shooting ability, passing and dribbling the ball.

Here is the scenario each athlete in his chosen sport has only played his particular sport. This is until the age of 14 and then I will discuss how I think the athlete will succeed in the new sport. This is going to be real interesting and should receive a lot of comments. I have discussed this subject with a friend named Tom and he came up with his theory and I agree with his reasoning.

We are going to start with baseball and we will discuss how a player from another sport can learn and if he can be successful at the game.

The wide receiver in football could maybe learn to play the outfield and use his speed to catch the ball in the gap. I think infield work is out of the question because it takes a lot of work and years to learn to play the infield. The ball hit off the bat is hit like a shot and there is the need for athleticism, skill, and a lot of practice to master the infield. First base is a possibility, but there is still the issue of the groundballs. We now turn to stepping up to the plate and learning how to hit the baseball. There is a very little chance of the athlete working to make himself into a good hitter. There is so much to know and work on to be a good hitter. Besides at this age the pitchers are starting to throw some curves and changes. Very few football players could succeed at baseball if they start the game at the age of 14.

Hockey players with the speed of the game and the quick movement of the puck may be able to play baseball at a high level.  The reflex it takes to hit the moving puck is similar to the skill of hitting the baseball. These athletes have the hand to eye coordination to hit the baseball with a lot of good coaching and hard work. There is no guarantee, because hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in all of sports. The hockey player could work hard and maybe play any position on the field. There is a good chance a hockey player could be a good baseball player.

I had a player last fall that I worked with and he was a junior in high school. I could tell immediately when he took a swing that he hadn’t played much ball or was just a terrible hitter. I asked him how much ball he has played and I was right he didn’t start to play the game until he was a freshman. He made the freshman team and got cut his sophomore year. We worked our rears off and after about 4 months he was hitting like he had played the game for years in the cage. We missed about a month of work because of the weather and we got back in the cage and he had lost a lot of his ability. It was depressing for both of us! He tried out for the team and the head coach was very pleased with how he was hitting the ball and he made the squad.

Basketball players I think could learn to play the outfield, but they would have to be guards. As an athlete and the skill it takes to play guard this person could pickup hitting and be successful. They will need to have excellent coaching and a lot of hard work! The guard could pick up the game and be successful.

I think soccer players would have the most difficult time trying to learn to play baseball. They do everything with their feet. They will need to work extra hard and would be very frustrated.

Tennis players have the skill and the athleticism to learn to play the outfield but it will take a lot of work. When they step to the plate they are use to the speed of a round ball. I think they have the chance to advance into a baseball player.

I am a big fan of racquetball and think it is just great for your athleticism, skill and cardiovascular. This athlete could learn to play all the positions in baseball and could develop into a good hitter. The sport is so quick and with the small ball it is an advantage for this player to learn to play baseball.

Baseball Players– Could play football, basketball, tennis and racquetball.

Football Players– Could Play basketball, tennis, and racquetball.

Hockey Players– Could Play baseball, football, soccer, tennis, and racquetball.

Basketball Players-Could play baseball, football, tennis, and racquetball.

Soccer Players– Could Play football, tennis, and racquetball.

Tennis Players– Could Play baseball, and racquetball.

Racquetball Players– Could Play baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and tennis.

There are 2 players who have played in the major leagues that didn’t start to play baseball until the age of 14. I have tried to find my sources but with no luck. I am pretty sure that they began playing the game later than others. They are J. D. Drew, and Sammy Sosa. Drew had so much natural talent but failed to work hard and couldn’t stay healthy. When Drew was with the Cardinals he didn’t know his angles in the outfield and the reason was he didn’t play the game when he was young like the rest of us. Sosa I believe played a lot of soccer as a youth and then started to play baseball. With these 2 there are always exceptions.

Who are the most skilled athletes in America!

Baseball “You knew I was going to say this”

Hockey

Racquetball

Basketball

Football

Tennis

Soccer

Thanks

Bob Brown

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Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.

 

 

 

 

Baseball a Team or an Individual Sport

I am a firm believer in team sports that there is a need to stress individual talents. I saw an interview with Stan Musial after he hit his 3,000 against the Cubs on May 13, 1958.  Stan was asked what he wanted to do next, and his reply was he wanted to finish his career as the all time hits leader for the national league.

I heard people say that Pete Rose knew exactly what his batting average was at all times. Before and after a hit he knew where he stood with his stats. He stated that he always wanted to see his name in the paper everyday among leading hitters. In them days he would have to be in the top ten in the league on batting average. He also had a goal to be the first singles hitter to make a $100, 000.00 a year and he succeeded!

Years ago an announcer would ask the hard hitting third baseman what he wanted to accomplish this year. His response would be something like I want to hit 30 home runs, 100 runs batted in, and to hit 300. This was typical for players to strive for their goals for the season. I am sure that when they reached these goals they would not all of a sudden quit trying for the rest of the year.  If they saw they were falling short, it is all the more reason push harder. That is not to say they shouldn’t be pushing hard every day. But MLB players are no different than the rest of us, they will have their good days and they also have some bad days.

I think it is very important to set your individual goals high and attainable. A good example is a hitter that is a career 275-280 hitter; he needs to set his goal to reach the 300 mark! Make this simple just one more hit a week and what do you need to do to reach your goal. This needs to be in the back of your mind.

This can just take some extra and smart work.  Get in the cage and work on a weakness, if it is bunting get to work. Here is some good information on how to improve your bunting skills.  http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/07/hitting-and-fielding-coach-for-pitchers/ If you are pulling the ball and not using the whole field go to our hitting program.  http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/03/the-best-hitting-program-in-america-3/  The most important thing to remember is there always needs to be a purpose when you are working on your hitting! Don’t ever go into the cage or hitting practice without a plan.

A base stealer needs to set his goals before the season starts and he needs to make sure that he is prepared to succeed. This may mean just doing the extra wind sprints or working on your jump. Push yourself to be quicker and have that explosion.

A goal for our pitchers is to hit 250 and that is why I would love to see a hitting coach just for the MLB pitchers.  Here is some good information to help the pitchers to hit in the major leagues.  http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/07/hitting-and-fielding-coach-for-pitchers/

A starting pitcher should start his season out by saying he wants to win so many games 15-20 whatever is a good goal for this particular pitcher. He needs to also set goals of complete games and innings per start.

Baseball is an individual sport played as a team.  Check out these 2 links. http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/03/baseball-is-an-individual-sport-played-as-a-team-2/

http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/03/drill-drilldrill/

When I was coaching I would look at my players and say Brett I want you to be the best first baseman. Jeff you are going to be the best catcher and on offense I would push them individually to succeed!

Now what you don’t need is a selfish player that is totally consumed with himself. This is the guy that will not hit his cut off or relay man, and has no desire to play as a team.  The player needs to give 100% percent on sacrifices and hitting behind the runner to move him up a base. You don’t want to be known as a selfish player that only thinks of his own personal stats.

The game today is totally different if you ask a player what his goals are, they will only state team goals. We want to win our division and whatever contribution I can make is just fine. I see nothing wrong with a player stating that he has a goal to hit 300 and drive in 120 runs. A base stealer should be able to say he wants to pilfer 50 bases in a season.

How does a player get paid in the major leagues? He gets paid for what he does as an individual player. If the players is a star, he will be paid more that the utility player. This is only right and the money is an incentive for the player to do his best. I think Jim Leyland said I will take all of my players in the last year of their contract and we will win the World Series. Money talks and how do the players make more money, by individual stats.

My reason for writing this article is to stress at all levels more individual coaching. Small groups and keep the players moving and active at all times. Push individually for each player to be the best they can be. I have seen high school practices last 3- 4 hours and nothing being accomplished.  They are running scrimmages and standing around, and the players become bored.

If you are pushing your shortstop during infield practice, say to him, I want you to work to be All State! Each player has their strength and weakness and it is up to the coach to know how to push the player to be the best he can be!  The second baseman may be a glove man and you may push him to work extra hard on his fielding. If he needs to work on his hitting, give him extra individual work. High individual goals that are attainable and with a large coaching staff to help each player, is very important.

The MLB level tell your stud player he needs to work his rear off so he can be an MVP candidate!  Look at the pitchers that are capable and say you have the ability to win 20 games and our staff is here to help you reach your goals. High individual goals and coaches that will work as hard as the players is the Goal of Big Dog Baseball USA!

Coaching Articles for Amateur Baseball– http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/03/great-information-on-coaching-youth-baseball-3/

http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/03/coaching-high-school-baseball/

http://baseballcommentary.com/2013/03/coaching-college-baseball/

http://baseballcommentary.com/category/words-of-wisdom/

Bob Brown

Big Dog Baseball USA is an organization dedicated to teaching, discussing, and interacting with baseball fans all across America. Our goal is to teach, explain and promote the game to the masses!

Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.

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  • Directory for Hitting and Pitching Clinics all across the country.
  • Promote our writers on first page.
  • Promote specialties of our writers.
  • I work for our writers, and will promote them to the masses, with press releases and so much more.
  • Writers Newsletter soon. In the meantime will be a tab for information.
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  • College and High school players write articles. Discuss the game with head coach about strategy and etc. The player has the desire to be a coach in the future or a writer.
  • Massage Therapists all over the country writing. We want to get them in the dugouts.
  • Education of our athletes- The great majority do not get to play in The Big Show! We will teach the athletes the importance of education.
  • Available Expertise- Books, Coach Association, Backyard Baseball Tapes, Massage, Vision, Mental part of game, Promotion Book, Dedicated Coaches, Education- College and Trades.
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  • Business people with protected territory as much as possible.
  • We have high expectations for our players and all that are involved with Big Dog Baseball USA.

We will make a big splash by all of us working together!  I am looking forward to meeting, talking, and discussing baseball and what we will accomplish with our writers!  http://baseballcommentary.com/write-for-us/

Thanks

Bob Brown

Education for our Athletes

I am going to discuss an issue that is very important for our athletes and their future. This is a shout out to all athletes, parents, coaches, counselors, and agents. We need to prepare our players for life after sports and what it takes to be responsible adults.

We have baseball players drafted out of high school or college and they all think they will be playing in the major leagues. The chance of this happening is very minimal. It is important to be honest and stress the importance of an education whether this is college or learning a trade. Here are a couple of links that will give you the figures on the chance of playing professional baseball. This is professional not the major leagues.  http://www.businessinsider.com/odds-college-athletes-become-professionals-2012-2?op=1  –http://www.hsbaseballweb.com/probability.htm

This all starts with the family when the athlete is young and has the desire to be a professional athlete. Education must be stressed from the time they are in elementary school all the way through college. I love the player who has the desire to be the best that he can be and to have a great work ethic. But there is a need for all involved to know about how difficult it is to rise to be the best in a professional field.

Even if he is the best in the state this does not mean he can be a major league baseball player. He may not have the talent and may reach his ceiling at AA or AAA. So he has toiled in the minor leagues for 5-6 years and what does he have to show for it? The long bus rides from small town to small town and staying in cheap hotels with a roommate.

Myself I would shake his hand and say congratulations! You were a professional baseball player and you got to meet a lot of interesting people. But that will not put food on the table and has not prepared you for your future. Even if you want to go into coaching you will need to start down on the bottom rung of the ladder.

There is a solution and we are going to encourage our athletes, parents, counselors, coaches, and agents to actively consider online college. This is perfect for the professional baseball player; this can all be done on his own time. Most community colleges offer a good online program and we now have major universities getting involved! If your season runs into late August or September you can start to take your classes while in season. If you can take a full load of classes in the fall, I think it would be very beneficial.  In the spring you will be playing ball, so try to take six in the spring and six in the summer.

The player who signed a contract after his junior season of college, you are so close, it is important to continue your education immediately. If you say to yourself that you will wait and do it later, chances are it will not get done.

My son Jeff will be getting his business administration degree from Drury University even though we are an hour and a half away from Springfield Missouri. He will be taking all of his courses online and will graduate in the fall of 2014. He started his college education at a couple of junior colleges and was able to transfer his classes over to Drury.  I would recommend the players that go pro out of high school go the community college route in order to save money.

I heard this news a couple of months ago, what percent of MLB players have their bachelor’s degree? You will be shocked, 25 not percent a total of 25 players. The Cardinals have two of them in Matt Carpenter, who was a 5th year college player when he got drafted. The other is Allen Craig. We need to do better than this and we will! The online education is getting more popular every year and I think it is very good for our athletes! Check out this link for major colleges offering an online degree.  http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/16/leading-colleges-announce-for-credit-online-courses/   http://www.ehow.com/list_7274821_major-universities-offering-online-degrees.html

I understand that not everybody is college material and there are a lot of people that prefer to work with their hands. I am envious of these tradesmen that are carpenters, electricians and other trades. There are technical schools for all of these trades and so much more.

Most of these schools have different sessions that start at different times of the year. These schools are hands on and some have the option of online classes.

This is very important for all of our athletes to be the best that they can be in their lives. We are all dedicated to make a difference on the field, court, ice and in the class room!  This is some very important information to get out to players, parents, counselors, and agents.

Here is an article about Paul Goldschmidt and what he has done to receive his education. Pat Combs is also in the article an ex Phillie and Big Dog Baseball USA writer. http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-16/job-wanted-baseball-mvp-candidate-seeking-work-on-wall-street.html

This is another article that deals with this subject-http://reflector.uindy.edu/2013/02/20/student-athletes-need-their-degrees/

Here are some education options for our athletes.

Drury University–http://www.drury.edu/

Columbia College–http://www.ccis.edu/

Metro Business College–http://www.metrobusinesscollege.edu/

Vatterott College–http://www.vatterott.edu/index.asp

University of Phoenix–http://www.phoenix.edu/

This issue is on the front burner and needs to be discussed and passed on to others. This is our future and we want our athletes to be educated and to give 100% in their sport!

Bob Brown

Big Dog Baseball USA is an organization dedicated to teaching, discussing, and interacting with baseball fans all across America. Our goal is to teach, explain and promote the game to the masses!

Big Dog Baseball USA will have former Major and Minor League Baseball Players as contributing writers. We are looking for players that are in business for themselves, contractors, or to write for a cause.