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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Spitter View Post
    The fact there has been only one person in the history of both sports to play both first-class cricketer and appear in the Majors suggests the answer is no.

    Like I;ve said a million times, hitting in baseball is considerably different from batting. Hitting through the line of the ball and playing with soft hands, considered good technique in cricket, is bad technique in baseball (hitching).
    Well the main impediment to code switching is not techniques (I'm sure that a number of modern T20 specialists would be able to adapt pretty well to baseball hitting) but location. There's not really a huge overlap in the countries or regions that play either sport, so there's a lot less incentive to code hop.
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    This is simply not true. For instance, nobody i know plays both in Sydney Grade Cricket and in the Sydney Winter Baseball League or vice versa. UNSW and Sydney Uni both field clubs in both comps, across numerous grades, no common players.

    The skill sets are simply not interchangeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Spitter View Post
    This is simply not true. For instance, nobody i know plays both in Sydney Grade Cricket and in the Sydney Winter Baseball League or vice versa. UNSW and Sydney Uni both field clubs in both comps, across numerous grades, no common players.

    The skill sets are simply not interchangeable.
    They probably don't want to play both. Winter cricket competitions don't have huge numbers of people that play them.

    Both games take out an entire Saturday.

    The skills are similar but not exactly the same. Someone who is good at cricket could be good at baseball and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Spitter View Post
    This is simply not true. For instance, nobody i know plays both in Sydney Grade Cricket and in the Sydney Winter Baseball League or vice versa. UNSW and Sydney Uni both field clubs in both comps, across numerous grades, no common players.

    The skill sets are simply not interchangeable.
    I don't really get what you're trying to say here. It's obvious that they are different sports, if that's your point. No one's claiming they are the exact same.

    But the skill sets have more overlap than most random 2 sports you were to compare.


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    Yeah I'd rather pick a cricketer to play baseball than a cricketer to play basketball or soccer. Even if Ellyse Perry was a champion of both sports at the top level.

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    Rangana Herath is probably about as good as baseball as he is at football / showjumping / space travel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Rangana Herath is probably about as good as baseball as he is at football / showjumping / space travel
    What is he a pitcher

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    Quote Originally Posted by slippy888 View Post
    What is he a pitcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJediBrah View Post
    I don't really get what you're trying to say here. It's obvious that they are different sports, if that's your point. No one's claiming they are the exact same.

    But the skill sets have more overlap than most random 2 sports you were to compare.
    More than the skill sets of .....

    Judo and taekwondo?

    Swimming and Water Polo?

    Hammer and discus?


    Because this is the level commonality the two sports have and you cannot produce a shred of evidence to the contrary.
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    I daresay most water polo players would destroy professional cricketers in 100m freestyle

    Similarly most cricketers would laugh their way to the mercy rule against a bunch of swimmers in the diamond

    That’s the only point anyone’s trying to make tbh

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    The swimmers would probably have as good a chance at finding a pitcher as the cricketers imo. Bowling and pitching look completely different to me.

    Fielding is very similar obviously. Baseball batting relies on a different technique but still requires the same hand-eye coordination and power as one day batting. Can't see it for pitching though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    The swimmers would probably have as good a chance at finding a pitcher as the cricketers imo. Bowling and pitching look completely different to me.

    Fielding is very similar obviously. Baseball batting relies on a different technique but still requires the same hand-eye coordination and power as one day batting. Can't see it for pitching though.
    Disagree entirely. This is anecdotal but when I first played baseball in uni I could pitch, bat and field far better than everyone who was new to the sport.

    The toughest part was knowing where to throw the damn thing after fielding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Disagree entirely. This is anecdotal but when I first played baseball in uni I could pitch, bat and field far better than everyone who was new to the sport.

    The toughest part was knowing where to throw the damn thing after fielding it.
    Were you an outfielder?

    Throw to the shortstop or the first baseman. It's easier to know if any runners on base or not, that way you will know where to throw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Disagree entirely. This is anecdotal but when I first played baseball in uni I could pitch, bat and field far better than everyone who was new to the sport.

    The toughest part was knowing where to throw the damn thing after fielding it.
    Yep that was hardest for me too. The sport isn't overly complicated at low levels, but knowing where to throw the ball is probably the most unnatural skill. Learning how to catch is remarkably simple with a glove and gets you into some good habits for cricket (catching the ball in front of your eye line instead of in front of your body).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillyCowCorner1 View Post
    Were you an outfielder?

    Throw to the shortstop or the first baseman. It's easier to know if any runners on base or not, that way you will know where to throw.
    Nope, I usually played 2nd or short stop. When confused I'd just throw to 1st lel. Missed a couple of double plays because of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Yep that was hardest for me too. The sport isn't overly complicated at low levels, but knowing where to throw the ball is probably the most unnatural skill.
    Indeed. Requires more awareness than fielding in cricket imo.

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