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    Quote Originally Posted by Krgrecw View Post
    You ever have one of your and anyone with you, serves timed for mph? Bill James is adamant that a very good Tennis player could make it in mlb without to many problems.
    Bill James is not familiar with tennis equipment then...

    I've been clocked at 125, but there's no way I could ever throw 90+mph regularly with a baseball.

    Tennis is one of the few sports where height disadvantaged individuals have somewhat of a decent chance at playing on an equal playing field with taller peeps. I'm 5"8 on a good day, and most of the guys i play with are 6"0+. Those extra few inches of height are the difference between me hitting the net on the serve, and them getting it in with more speed.

    My hand is not big enough to grip a baseball as tightly as someone like Verlander or even someone like Tim Hudson. In tennis however, you can have different grip sizes for the racket handle. In addition to that, racket weight ranges anywhere from 9.5oz to 12.8z. Generally if you're in the lower margin you can't generate your own swing speed so it's light to compensate, and if it's heavier, you are strong enough to swing really fast and impart a lot of impact.

    The biggest variable in modern tennis, which is why nearly every male can serve 120-140 at ease, is racket strings. It's kind of like how Bonds lead the change to maple bats, now a lot of players use it compared to ash.

    Now the great thing about tennis players is, the service motion is always the same so mechanically nearly every professional/collegiate leveled serve is on the same plane mechanically. It isn't like night and day looking at Alex Wood vs. Felix Hernandez. Some have a different motion leading up to point of contact (sliding a foot, or keeping foot still mainly for timing) but the mechanics are all almost the same. And serving is closer to an outfielder throwing everything he has to home plate trying to throw out a runner, than a pitcher throwing downward off the mound. Servers do use sliders (curving slice), a topspin serve (12:6 curveball) kick serve (a 9:3 slurve, that has an insane bounce), change ups, and fastballs.

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    I believe was James was referring to if a tennis player can return a serve going at 120 mph they'll have the arm strength and speed to adjust to hitting a baseball at 90- 95 mph. Even though the bats are heavier and have a shorter width it wouldn't be to hard to adjust


    Sorry if you thought I was referring to pitching.

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    Ahh. Well the thing about returning is it may be 120 off the racket but once it bounces it's reduced to like 90mph. At that point no tennis players take full swings. Its either a half swing or block back.

    My hand eye coordination is better with tennis than it ever was with baseball.

    Hit in the batting cages a few weeks ago and man is it easier to track

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    I guess the idea is that tennis players have the necessary reactions and a similar skillset when it comes to rotational swinging. I know plenty of people who were pretty good at tennis and terrible at baseball though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ#1FAN View Post
    Ahh. Well the thing about returning is it may be 120 off the racket but once it bounces it's reduced to like 90mph. At that point no tennis players take full swings. Its either a half swing or block back.

    My hand eye coordination is better with tennis than it ever was with baseball.

    Hit in the batting cages a few weeks ago and man is it easier to track
    I wish I was 25 years old, I would put up a good game with you in tennis. When I lived in England, I played it daily due to my girlfriend obsession with it.

    Now, I would last 5 minutes as my knee would swell up the size of a cantaloupe and prevent me from playing.

    I sure did love it though. The wife plays but she is younger and more athletic than me and beat my ass ALL THE TIME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AerchAngel View Post
    beat my ass ALL THE TIME.
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    There is more than one thread on my regular baseball board discussing tennis. Ugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapate50 View Post
    There is more than one thread on my regular baseball board discussing tennis. Ugh.
    AJ does all the other things just as well if not better than Mac - zbhargrove

    I don't think Nolan Ryan should be a poster child for mechanics - SAV

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    My daily contribution. Burger King didn't have any non-diet sodas on the Coke Freestyle today.
    AJ does all the other things just as well if not better than Mac - zbhargrove

    I don't think Nolan Ryan should be a poster child for mechanics - SAV

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    Sesame Street replays lots of the same episodes, but there's like 4,000 of them....what gives Sesame Street ?!
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    The hyper-poster on this site I most want to ignore has somehow finagled himself a moderator title and thus can't be.

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    A package arrived in the mail today from Amazon.com and I honestly don't remember ordering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runnin View Post
    A package arrived in the mail today from Amazon.com and I honestly don't remember ordering it.
    wife trying to get one by you. I tried that and failed.

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    Iced Coffee from Starbucks is 4x the price of the one from McDonald's and doesn't taste half as good.

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    In the trunk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalyn View Post
    Iced Coffee from Starbucks is 4x the price of the one from McDonald's and doesn't taste half as good.
    Yeah, but you don't get that cool looking Starbucks cup with the yuppie nipple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalyn View Post
    Iced Coffee from Starbucks is 4x the price of the one from McDonald's and doesn't taste half as good.
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    Tor invited me to LonCon, but I couldn't make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalyn View Post
    Tor invited me to LonCon, but I couldn't make it.
    People don't speak American any longer on my regular Braves baseball board either.
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