In Aust in the 60s Baseball was a winter sport and many FC cricketers played cricket in the summer and Baseball in the winter, players like the Chappells, Lawry and O'Neil were very good at both, I think the fact that they are now both summer sports has meant choosingi play both cricket and basball, i am a average batsmen in cricket but i am amazing at batting in baseball. why dont cricketers try baseball? i really think they would do great because batting in baseball is so much easier.
Baseball is not easier though. Batting may be easier at a very very low level of the game, but it takes something special to hit 100mph pitches moving gratuitously through the air. And to throw those pitches with accuracy and action is even more difficult.i play both cricket and basball, i am a average batsmen in cricket but i am amazing at batting in baseball. why dont cricketers try baseball? i really think they would do great because batting in baseball is so much easier.
There are enough designated hitters in baseball who would put Gilchrist to shame. These are people who have spent most of their lives playing the sport, and not cricket.I'm surprised a few more MLB franchises don't come scouting great batsmen as designated hitters. If they made the grade (which I understand would be difficult) they could make a lot of dollars post-retirement.
Guys like Adam Gilchrist who have tremendous eyes and forearm strength could transfer their skills to baseball quite well I think.
I'd say it's even more popular up here so no it's not just in the southFootball seems more popular all year 'round in England. But maybe that's just in the south.
You are kidding right?No idea how the batsmen and bowlers would fare in the corresponding departments in baseball, but looking at the quality of some of the ground fielding in baseball, I'm pretty sure 90% of all cricketers would look rank amateurs in that department.
Never listen to pundits for objective judgement its not possible....Yes, scientifically speaking, it's a lot harder to hit a baseball with a baseball bat than it is a cricket ball with a cricket bat.
Practically speaking, I've seen recreational baseball players at sea trying to play cricket. They just cant fathom a ball bouncing first, spinning off the ground etc. Even when giving them buffet balls, they failed to connect. It's a swing thing.
Another aspect is that baseball players tend to be strong muscular types like B.Ruth, H.Aaron, J.DiMaggio, M.McGuire, S.Sosa, B.Bonds. I dont see the great smallish batsmen such as Bradman, Tendulkar, Lara succeeding.
Tho batsmen do play the wider variety of strokes and may have a slight edge adjusting, my thinking basically is that it's a 0 - 0 tie. Cant be good at both.