The Greatest Yankees of All Time

by admin ~ May 18th, 2009

 

Biased as it may seem, when it comes to sports, the team as a whole are not usually the first things people remember. People may be familiar with a team mainly because their favorite player is in it, or if they do know the whole team, the first name they’d call out would be of their favorite player’s.

Here are three of the Greatest Yankee players of all time who still hold much fame today. These players have also won a spot in the Hall of Fame due to their wonderful performance in baseball. Baseball definitely has a lot of talents to offer, but these three were the pioneers of their time and still hold an undying torch in Baseball history.

The most famous player would most probably be Babe Ruth who not only became a Hall of Famer, he also built Yankee history by being a major part of their success in the 1930’s as they won around seven World Series titles. He is usually considered as the best Baseball player of all time, with Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio sharing the same honor.

While Babe Ruth only played for 14 years with the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig had been in the team for about 16 years. He played alongside Ruth, also contributing to the success of the Yankees. He was also the youngest baseball player to join the Hall of Fame in 1939.

Lou Gehrig died soon after on 1941 due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a brain-related sickness wherein the cells of his central nervous system would collapse and degenerate. Symptoms included being unable to control his very own movements. His illness took his life at the tender age of 37.

When Ruth and Gehrig left the Yankees, Joe DiMaggio became the next “hot” thing in baseball. He had played with the Yankees for 11 years, was voted as MVP thrice, and helped the team win another 9 World Series Titles. He was also inducted into the All Star list 13 times.

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio serve as the best role models for kids and adults alike. As long as you do your best in your craft, you will surely succeed, the same way they have.


What Baseball Scouts Look for in Potential Baseball Stars

by admin ~ May 15th, 2009

Our topic today is a special guide for potential baseball stars who want to play baseball not just as a hobby, but also as a full-time profession.

As the saying goes, “Nothing is Impossible,” there is absolutely nothing that’s keeping your from being the baseball star you hope to be. All it takes is a little more guts and confidence in oneself, topped with hard work, and soon enough, you’ll be in the New Yankee Stadium not as an onlooker, but as the main attraction of the game.

Below are tips on how you can impress baseball scouts in professional baseball as well as in college. As you continue to build the athlete in you, you will also be winning experience and expertise along the way. Who knows? You could be the next Babe Ruth baseball history has been waiting for.

  1. Scouts measure your attitude, how you treat your team mates, and your love for the game. Let’s start off with the obvious truth. Before scouts measure your baseball prowess, they would definitely want to know if you’re the man your skills describe you to be. A good pitcher with a very bad temper on court would end up getting more fouls than points. You will be working in a team and not solo; hence, if you don’t know how to respect your team mates, even your coach would not want to deal with you. Your attitude towards other people and to the game counts a lot; that said, the first thing that wins the hearts of scouts is your respect for the game and for fellow players.
  2. Let’s move on to your proficiency. Scouts look at your speed. Baseball, in layman’s terms, is game that involves throwing, catching, pitching, and running. See? Great speed equates to a good player who is capable of catching, running, and pitching quickly. If you’re speedy, scouts will have their eye on you.
  3. Scouts have their own manner of measuring a player’s running speed; however, those who are able to make a 60 yard dash at 6-6.5 seconds are in excellent form. Those who make it to 7 seconds or less are acceptable also.
  4. After their speed, they will have to consider the way you pitch, throw, or the way you serve your purpose in the team. Generally, they will have to see if you are a good player.
  5. Your physical strengths will also have to matter in baseball. For one, you must be tall, preferable someone within the range of 5’10 to 6’2. A ballplayer’s recommended height is 6’0 for a ballplayer; 6’1 for a pitcher; and for a pitcher, 5’11 is a desirable height. Also, someone between the weights of 190-200 pounds is a good pick.
  6. Base stealing is also an important feat in baseball and at times, you will have to make base stealing attempts. Those who can make it to a 3.0-3.2 second time frame when attempting to steal bases is in fine shape.
  7. Scouts also consider the following aspects:
  • Respect for the game and for fellow players
  • School and work habits
  • Aggressiveness
  • Maturity
  • Composure
  • Habits towards people when not playing
  • Desire to win
  • Dedication
  • Speed
  • Endurance
  • And of course, intelligence.

There are other things scouts look for in a player before picking him to be a member of a reputable college baseball team or a professional team. What are these criteria? Only scouts know them; but you, as a player, you only need to know passion for the game and you’re good to go.