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And... so much for the convo with Pearlman on Facebook... Defriended.
There’s your pattern. There’s your story.
You mis-spelled Raisin Bran.
Didn't Pearlman sorta defriend Baseball Primer after being interviewed y hassled here?
Looking back at that interview, did we ever figure out who the 160 pound middle infielder was who became a 40 HR slugger?
I am not advocating a witch hunt.
Ernie Banks wasn't very big when he first came up.
Folks go into journalism because other disciplines require more effort.
There isn't a meaningful correlation between size and power
you can't take all of MLB players, divided them into groups with even group numbers, but give HGH or whatever to one group and a placebo to the other, allow each group equal amounts of exercise and weight room training, and do a double-blind study of next year's performance
I wouldn't choose Ott as my example in any case. He took advantage of a special circumstance (the cheap HR available to a LH pull hitter in the Polo Grounds). But Jimmy Wynn will do just fine in his place. He sure wasn't hitting many cheap HR.
I know the saying is "Those that can, do, those that can't, teach".
In my experiences dealing with the scientific/medical communities, however, I have found just the opposite to be the case. The ones I've seen who can clearly explain a process step-by-step in detail can go into a lab facility and make reproducible results specifically because they can explain the proper way to do a procedure and understand what it is they are doing and how it should be done (example: expert testimony on DNA results re: forensics/paternity testing). When someone else (i.e., opposing counsel) tries to say how the results of the testing could come out different, I've seen it shown repeatedly how the ONLY way for that to happen is if the proper protocols were not followed. The ones I've seen who can't explain what they are doing have a reason for that - they really don't know what the heck they are doing and you can see it if you watch them in the lab.
To give a different example, there is a reason that many hitting/pitching coaches were not in fact elite Major Leaguers. At the same time they had to be very good in their own right to reach the level they reached but being a great coach is a different thing than being a great player.
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