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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    It was thirty years ago, that one Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos...aka James George Snyder Sr....aka Jimmy the Greek was fired from his sports commentator position for verbalizing similar thoughts.
    ....so was Howard Cosell............

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    I agree on the genes having a great influence. Look at chess. Almost al good chess-players are from russia, Europe or sometimes USA (exception is Cuba once).,
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    One advantage for DR (or Cuba/PR) is baseball can be played year round. Youth teams in Florida do can this also. In seasonal locations in the US, as an example High School ball starts in Mid March and ends in early June, depending how far a team advances. Then you play in a Summer league through August. Fall leagues have become common in seasonal states in recent years to keep pace with Florida and other warm weather states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleMackey View Post
    One advantage for DR (or Cuba/PR) is baseball can be played year round. Youth teams in Florida do can this also. In seasonal locations in the US, as an example High School ball starts in Mid March and ends in early June, depending how far a team advances. Then you play in a Summer league through August. Fall leagues have become common in seasonal states in recent years to keep pace with Florida and other warm weather states.
    CA used to be a hotbed, but many youts no longer gravitate toward sports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    CA used to be a hotbed, but many youts no longer gravitate toward sports.
    Guessing it still produces a lot of talent, but per capita not as much as it used to. Same for football. All of the PAC 12, MWC, BYU etc recruits Cali and yeah their is still talent but not as much at the elite level along the O line and D line. Soccer is more popular also. People might assume that EPL or MLS is the most watched Soccer in the USA, it isn't it is Liga MX (Mexico).

    I was talking to retired HS Baseball coach a couple of years ago. He coached for 32 years at an all boys Catholic school. He told me that in the prime era about 100 kids would try out for the Freshman baseball team. By the early 90's 40-50 would try out for the team. I said what happened, he said Michael Jordan happened. Anyways the baseball is still top shelf, but per capita less kids play as they specialize in only 1 sport.

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    Pedro Martinez attributed a lot of his success to his long Dominican fingers,he could wrap them around the ball giving him great control and spin rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom0910 View Post
    Pedro Martinez attributed a lot of his success to his long Dominican fingers,he could wrap them around the ball giving him great control and spin rate.
    Most pitchers have larger hands, it certainly helps with pitching and batting. NFL QBs have giant hands also.

    Johnny Bench 7 balls 1 hand.


    Al Leiter the same


    JR Richards did 8

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    Will look for an update when the final 2019 Rosters are set. 2018 opened with 84 DR players are opening day rosters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom0910 View Post
    Pedro Martinez attributed a lot of his success to his long Dominican fingers,he could wrap them around the ball giving him great control and spin rate.
    Rico Carty did a commercial for Dad CB in the 60's, and as a 13 y.o. I got to shake his hand. It was as big as a Pony League catcher's mitt. Massive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southern View Post
    Good article. They give credit to where credit is due. Genetics! At that level you can train all you want but without the blessings of mother nature you are spinning your wheels. All professional athletes are freaks of nature. The mental component is good but it won't come close to good genes
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    I know too many athletes, musicians, etc who would beg to differ. They have always told me it's based on practice, practice, practice and when their done, more practice and a love for what they do. When you see baseball or any other path as your only vehicle out of poverty, you will take it. You can be naturally skilled to anything but without practicing your craft, fuggetaboutit.
    As someone who both played baseball as a kid and plays music to this day, I completely agree that for the top level of talent in both music and sports, it is the innate ability of the athlete and the musician. All the practice in the world does not make up for incredible reaction time, great eye hand coordination and body style for strength and agility in sports. All of the training in the world will not provide you with perfect pitch, a photographic memory and amazing technique if you don't have the physical gifts for those talents.

    Of course practice helps, but a modicum of practice for one physically blessed with the appropriate talents will outperform all of the practice in the world for someone only moderately gifted. The athletes and musicians at the highest gifted levels are competing with others with those same gifts, so I can understand why they speak of practice. Just a slight edge can make a difference and that is where their practice helps them fine tune their superior abilities.

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