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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Sixth Tool

Previously I posted a blog identifying baseball's 5 Tools:
1) Hitting for average
2) Hitting for power
3) Speed
4) Arm strength
5) Defensive skills

Recently I came across a great article in the June 7th, 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated. The title of the article was called: The Sixth Tool.

MLB teams(colleges should be doing the same) are taking note of this sixth tool.

Here it is:

6) Player's character & background
- teams are looking for players that have consistently made good choices in school, on the field and in the community. Teams found that such choices have a high transfer rate of success in baseball.

In addition, we cannot ignore how a player handles pressure, defeats, successes, delayed gratification as these can also speak volumes about a player's character.

All in all, the game is played on and off the field with the respect we remembered from our youth.

Go hard in the yard.