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How good would JJ Watt be at Baseball?
GOAT.
75%
 75%  [ 3 ]
HOF.
25%
 25%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:59 pm    Post subject: If... Reply with quote

Pitcher or hitter. Either or.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably awful at both. Like really terrible.
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I don't see any reason to believe he would be able to play pro baseball. He's a big guy and an athlete but unless he has a super strong arm or uncanny ability to hit a baseball he wouldn't make it.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdoPFixTm_o

He took batting practice at MM before and hit a few HRs to the short porch in left. He could obviously hit for power when he connects right. If you are a great athlete, you could play pretty much any sport well enough. But, to actually excel at a high level for that league, you'd really have to spend a lot of time at it and learn how to play.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Russell Branyan with a lower batting avg IMO
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He'd tell the pitcher to just lob it to him and no pitcher would have the cajones to say no. GOAT
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mse326 wrote:
He'd tell the pitcher to just lob it to him and no pitcher would have the cajones to say no. GOAT
John Rocker wouldn't back down.
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mse326 wrote:
He'd tell the pitcher to just lob it to him and no pitcher would have the cajones to say no. GOAT


Acting like Watt is Oakman.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupid thread is stupid.
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biggio7 wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdoPFixTm_o

He took batting practice at MM before and hit a few HRs to the short porch in left. He could obviously hit for power when he connects right. If you are a great athlete, you could play pretty much any sport well enough. But, to actually excel at a high level for that league, you'd really have to spend a lot of time at it and learn how to play.


I mean, hand eye coordination is really the beginning and the end of hitting. You can either hit or you can't. And a defensive lineman doesn't do anything that requires that skill set. You can't project JJ Watt into MLB because we don't know if he can play baseball.

Being a great athlete can make you a really great player (like Mike Trout) but if you can't hit, it doesn't matter how athletic you are. You wont make it. You can't be a valuable player in the league hitting .150.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mission27 wrote:
biggio7 wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdoPFixTm_o

He took batting practice at MM before and hit a few HRs to the short porch in left. He could obviously hit for power when he connects right. If you are a great athlete, you could play pretty much any sport well enough. But, to actually excel at a high level for that league, you'd really have to spend a lot of time at it and learn how to play.


I mean, hand eye coordination is really the beginning and the end of hitting. You can either hit or you can't. And a defensive lineman doesn't do anything that requires that skill set. You can't project JJ Watt into MLB because we don't know if he can play baseball.

Being a great athlete can make you a really great player (like Mike Trout) but if you can't hit, it doesn't matter how athletic you are. You wont make it. You can't be a valuable player in the league hitting .150.


I can't tell if you are backing up my point or not. Think

Hand eye coordination is the essence of basically every sport. You can only do so much in any sport well enough if you are a great athlete. Eventually, the skill of that sport kicks in. So, a great athlete can only go so far until they learned more. I don't think Trout is a good example, because he is a great athlete (5 tool) but he is an excellent baseball player too. They don't always go hand in hand.
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biggio7 wrote:
mission27 wrote:
biggio7 wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdoPFixTm_o

He took batting practice at MM before and hit a few HRs to the short porch in left. He could obviously hit for power when he connects right. If you are a great athlete, you could play pretty much any sport well enough. But, to actually excel at a high level for that league, you'd really have to spend a lot of time at it and learn how to play.


I mean, hand eye coordination is really the beginning and the end of hitting. You can either hit or you can't. And a defensive lineman doesn't do anything that requires that skill set. You can't project JJ Watt into MLB because we don't know if he can play baseball.

Being a great athlete can make you a really great player (like Mike Trout) but if you can't hit, it doesn't matter how athletic you are. You wont make it. You can't be a valuable player in the league hitting .150.


I can't tell if you are backing up my point or not. Think

Hand eye coordination is the essence of basically every sport. You can only do so much in any sport well enough if you are a great athlete. Eventually, the skill of that sport kicks in. So, a great athlete can only go so far until they learned more. I don't think Trout is a good example, because he is a great athlete (5 tool) but he is an excellent baseball player too. They don't always go hand in hand.


Right, that's my point. Athleticism can take you from good to great (Trout) but if you don't have the skill to begin with it literally doesn't matter if you look and move like JJ Watt or Dustin Pedroia - without the skills you aren't going to be a professional baseball player at any level. I think you are overestimating how important hand eye coordination is in football at the d-line position. I think JJ Watt could be JJ Watt even if he had subpar hand eye coordination. But he couldn't be a professional baseball player without it.

The point I was disagreeing with was "If you are a great athlete, you could play pretty much any sport well enough." To be a professional baseball player I don't think being a great athlete matters that much. Its not just that Watt wouldn't be a good pro. He'd be atrocious most likely. I doubt he'd be able to hit any better than your average pitcher (who are great athletes but just lack the skills necessary in hitting a baseball). Skill and coordination and eyesight and timing is so much more important than natural athleticism in baseball when compared to other sports. Especially defensive line where you are mostly getting by on athleticism and technique.
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