Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Dan Quisenberry Newsbeat

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Atlantic: How Athletes Ensure Immortality

Quisenberry’s letter to me focused on three questions I asked about how I, too, could become a professional ballplayer. He shared that he used to frequently throw a tennis ball against a wall and practiced his batting swing or pitching delivery in front of a mirror when no one was around to play catch. He wrote that he developed his stamina from throwing alone and not from lifting weights, adding “or else God just made it that way because I don’t think I am strong compared to other teammates.”

Surprisingly, the Royals star also told me that running would be important for my general health when I get older, but “if you are a young teenager, I don’t think you would need it.” I took his advice and spent a lot of time playing video games.

For this, he remains immortal to me. Quisenberry will have another chance to be considered by the Expansion Era committee in 2017.

Perhaps no one thinks about the fuzzy line between immortal and almost immortal more than Shawn Anderson, creator of the “Hall of Very Good” baseball blog dedicated to players who fall just short of Cooperstown. So far, the selective HOVG has “inducted” Tommy John, Dale Murphy, Steve Blass, Luis Tiant, Tony Oliva, and the San Diego Chicken into the imaginary shrine.

“A guy like Quisenberry definitely fits the bill for us,” Anderson says. “I mean, here’s a guy who led the league in saves five out of six years, was top three in Cy Young Award voting in four of those years, yet gets virtually no love from anyone. His story should be told and contributions to the game celebrated—not shoved aside.”

” cols=“100” rows=“20”>

Quiz will always be immortal thanks to this video.

Quisenberry’s letter to me focused on three questions I asked about how I, too, could become a professional ballplayer. He shared that he used to frequently throw a tennis ball against a wall and practiced his batting swing or pitching delivery in front of a mirror when no one was around to play catch. He wrote that he developed his stamina from throwing alone and not from lifting weights, adding “or else God just made it that way because I don’t think I am strong compared to other teammates.”

Surprisingly, the Royals star also told me that running would be important for my general health when I get older, but “if you are a young teenager, I don’t think you would need it.” I took his advice and spent a lot of time playing video games.

For this, he remains immortal to me. Quisenberry will have another chance to be considered by the Expansion Era committee in 2017.

Perhaps no one thinks about the fuzzy line between immortal and almost immortal more than Shawn Anderson, creator of the “Hall of Very Good” baseball blog dedicated to players who fall just short of Cooperstown. So far, the selective HOVG has “inducted” Tommy John, Dale Murphy, Steve Blass, Luis Tiant, Tony Oliva, and the San Diego Chicken into the imaginary shrine.

“A guy like Quisenberry definitely fits the bill for us,” Anderson says. “I mean, here’s a guy who led the league in saves five out of six years, was top three in Cy Young Award voting in four of those years, yet gets virtually no love from anyone. His story should be told and contributions to the game celebrated—not shoved aside.”


 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
aleskel
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogHBT: Talking head says Jeter is “a fraud” and “you are all suckers”
(60 - 6:04pm, Sep 20)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogKeri: How Washington Built a World Series Favorite
(58 - 5:55pm, Sep 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-20-2014
(21 - 5:50pm, Sep 20)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogEsquire: Martone: The Death of Derek Jeter
(308 - 5:49pm, Sep 20)
Last: Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige

NewsblogRoyals encounter problem with online sale of playoff tickets
(5 - 5:16pm, Sep 20)
Last: Zach

NewsblogOT: September 2014 College Football thread
(296 - 5:14pm, Sep 20)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014
(311 - 4:44pm, Sep 20)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogOT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney
(3394 - 3:09pm, Sep 20)
Last: BDC

NewsblogPedro pens a letter to Clayton Kershaw
(68 - 3:09pm, Sep 20)
Last: Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014
(292 - 2:37pm, Sep 20)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogLindbergh: Dellin Betances’s Season & Bullpen Strategy
(2 - 2:32pm, Sep 20)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogRon Washington Acknowledges Infidelity, Doesn’t Explain Why He Resigned
(60 - 1:18pm, Sep 20)
Last: Lassus

NewsblogEn Banc Court May Call Foul on Bonds Conviction
(34 - 1:08pm, Sep 20)
Last: Brian

NewsblogNew approach on offense has Pirates in playoff contention this season
(26 - 11:42am, Sep 20)
Last: BDC

NewsblogAraton: The Other Side of a Derek Jeter Hustle Play
(35 - 9:43am, Sep 20)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

Page rendered in 1.0372 seconds
47 querie(s) executed