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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric View Post
    60 ft (20 yds).
    60 feet 6 inches (18.4 m) to be exact.

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    Type in '60 feet 6 inches to yards' in google...I use it for all my conversions.
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    IMO, the hardest thing in all of sports may be to hit a baseball. If you are facing a fast pitcher who has 3 different type of pitches at his disposal, the task becomes almost impossible. A hitter has seconds to react, must start swinging as the pitcher releases the ball, and must guess where the ball is heading and at what speed. You are considered a good hitter if you can get a hit 3 out of 10 times. Only one man in baseball history was able to do it 4 out of 10 over his career!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    IMO, the hardest thing in all of sports may be to hit a baseball. If you are facing a fast pitcher who has 3 different type of pitches at his disposal, the task becomes almost impossible. A hitter has seconds to react, must start swinging as the pitcher releases the ball, and must guess where the ball is heading and at what speed. You are considered a good hitter if you can get a hit 3 out of 10 times. Only one man in baseball history was able to do it 4 out of 10 over his career!
    It's not three out of ten times, its a legal hit three out of ten times at bat. Which is a ridiculous rate of conversion IMO. And yea, it very well might be the hardest thing in sport.


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    Gunning a deep pass to a receiver is quite ridiculous as well - throwing a spiral with that velocity at the perfect position with guys running around and in your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric View Post
    Gunning a deep pass to a receiver is quite ridiculous as well - throwing a spiral with that velocity at the perfect position with guys running around and in your face.
    Yea, but guys have 60+ completion percentage. Not even remotely close for baseball hitters. Since the 1940s, not a single hitter has been able to hit the ball four times out of ten at bats over an entire season. Not one. That's seventy years that no one has had a 40% success rate. To have a 40% success rate, you probably only need to hit about 15% of the balls pitched at you in the strike zone. So no hitter can hit 15% of the deliveries thrown at him, over an entire season.

    That is ridiculous IMO...70 years....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    IMO, the hardest thing in all of sports may be to hit a baseball. If you are facing a fast pitcher who has 3 different type of pitches at his disposal, the task becomes almost impossible. A hitter has seconds to react, must start swinging as the pitcher releases the ball, and must guess where the ball is heading and at what speed. You are considered a good hitter if you can get a hit 3 out of 10 times. Only one man in baseball history was able to do it 4 out of 10 over his career!
    Doesn't that kind of take away from the skill factor involved?

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    One thing baseball and cricket have in common is that both sets of fans at stats crazy!!! Perhaps, baseball even more so. The mad baseball fan knows his favourite player's batting avg. by heart, down to the third decimal point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Yea, but guys have 60+ completion percentage. Not even remotely close for baseball hitters. Since the 1940s, not a single hitter has been able to hit the ball four times out of ten at bats over an entire season. Not one. That's seventy years that no one has had a 40% success rate. To have a 40% success rate, you probably only need to hit about 15% of the balls pitched at you in the strike zone. So no hitter can hit 15% of the deliveries thrown at him, over an entire season.

    That is ridiculous IMO...70 years....
    Hmm, not sure. Not getting on base does not usually mean that you didn't hit the ball - strikeouts are much less frequent than ground outs and fly outs. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that getting on base is one of the most difficult feats in baseball. Getting the placement right is a huge aspect of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    One thing baseball and cricket have in common is that both sets of fans at stats crazy!!! Perhaps, baseball even more so. The mad baseball fan knows his favourite player's batting avg. by heart, down to the third decimal point.
    Unlike cricket, baseball is extremely stats-oriented IMO. "Stats aren't everything" applies to cricket much more than to baseball. You either get on base, drive in runs, score runs and hit 'em out of the ballpark, or you don't. Conditions, opposition and all go out the window as you prettty much end up playing everyone, everywhere, every season in stadiums that don't really differ too much baseball-wise. The only real factor is hitting in pressure situations, but we've got stats for that too (i.e. OBP with runners in scoring position, etc).
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    Is the greatest feat in baseball hitting a home run with bases loaded? Surely, it doesn't get better than that.

    Also, like adharcric says, conditions are roughly the same in baseball whereever you play. The most important thing is that the pitch conditions are taken out of the equation, which IMO makes cricket much more interesting.

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    A perfect game is the greatest feat in baseball. Only has been accomplished about fifteen times in the past century. And thats with every team playing 160 games a year...and 30 teams...(there were less teams and games at the beginning of the century, but still a lot).

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    Would I be right in thinking that baseball is a lot less physcially demanding than cricket? I mean, baseballers play 160 games a season FFS!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365 View Post
    Doesn't that kind of take away from the skill factor involved?
    I meant "guess" in a sense that you have to anticipate the direction of the ball. A pitcher can throw you a fastball right in the strike zone. Or a curve that moves away from you. Or he may throw you an off-speed that throws off your swing. Think about it in Cricket terms. A batsman playing a Warne has to somewhat anticipate/guess which way the ball will turn.

    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    Would I be right in thinking that baseball is a lot less physcially demanding than cricket? I mean, baseballers play 160 games a season FFS!!
    Depends on what position you play. Most of the infield positions are very tough. The catcher position is one of the most physically demanding in sports. 2nd base and Shortstop are pretty tough as well.
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    Yeah catcher's a tough job. You'll rarely find a catcher playing more than 85% of the games in the National League. Whereas an outfielder may play 95%.
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