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  • #16
    Originally posted by Delta784
    Jim Rice was the most feared power hitter in baseball during the late 70's-early 80's, and remains the only person to ever hit a baseball onto the Mass Turnpike from Fenway Park during a regular season game (Jimmie Foxx also did, but the Turnpike didn't exist then). He never lifted a weight in his life. His only training was running, push-ups, and sit-ups. His quote was "If you have to lift weights to compete, it's already over".
    Easy to say when you're a genetic freak. Herschel Walker never did anything but pushups/situps and sprints either, and was the first football player at Georgia excused from mandatory weight training when he broke the school's bench press record in freshman pre-season testing. He also ate only one meal a day, carried 230 lbs at 4% body fat, and looked more like a bodybuilder than plenty of life-long...bodybuilders. He didn't even do his "workout" AS a workout; he banged out 100 or so pushups periodically throughout the whole day, like during TV commercials...not exactly "scientific training" that anybody else should follow.

    Gym strength definitely won't make a non-athlete into an athlete, but everything else being equal, it may help less genetically gifted athletes perform better than they would without it. If anything, the ones who work hard to overcome lack of natural gifts deserve more credit than those whose abilities are purely genetic.

    It never hurts to be stronger, even in baseball, but steroids have zero effect on one's ability to hit a ball. The added strength may push some doubles over the wall for homers, but doesn't do a thing for the ability to make good contact, in the first place. Even if stronger players generate higher bat head-speed, that's still much less of a factor in making contact than reaction time. A late-swinging batter doesn't really improve by swinging any harder, but by swinging earlier, and that's much more a function of genetically based reflexes and eye-hand coordination than anything even remotely strength-related.
    No longer ignoring anybody here, since that psycho known as "Josey Wales" finally got the boot after being outed as a LE imposter by B&G978. Nice job.

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    • #17
      <<Double post deleted>>

      I gotta remember not to hit the refresh button when things are slow
      Last edited by ProWriter; 03-11-2005, 11:10 AM.
      No longer ignoring anybody here, since that psycho known as "Josey Wales" finally got the boot after being outed as a LE imposter by B&G978. Nice job.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Caprice66
        Thank you for posting this ProWriter!!
        Yes, thank you PW!!
        I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

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