Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:58 AM
I hope to god that the Twins don't really believe in a major league gene.
I've nearly completed my degree in genetics at Iowa State. No there isn't necessarily a specific "major league gene", but players like Nick Gordon would have a different genetic makeup that makes him more likely to be a professional baseball player. I'm sure if they took the time, geneticists could find a "major league gene", or genetic markers that you could name a major league gene.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:58 AM
Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:25 AM
As for hitting the other way, you can imagine the Twins would never think that is an issue. There is a player on the big team who has made a pretty good career doing that almost exclusively.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:03 AM
Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:12 AM
I have to admit, so far I'm extremely pleased that I was completely wrong about this guy. I didn't think he'd hit and I compared him to Tim Beckham. Please forgive me Nick! I hope his success continues!
Do the reverse jinx on him... That worked for Buxton with me.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:24 PM
I've been watching a lot of little league in the past few years, and one thing that I have notices is some of the best players are usually the younger brothers. They have spent years getting carted to big brother's practices, and as such, wind up getting lots of opportunities to get reps hitting, fielding, etc. They wind up being the extra player with bigger kids when there is a shortage. My theory is that all of that extra work/playing above their head forces them to improve faster than usual.
Interesting take, AM. I'm a younger brother myself, and felt it took me more effort to compete with my brother who was four years older. I also needed to study the game more in order to outsmart him since he was physically more capable at everything.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:00 PM
Certainly the early results have looked very encouraging. And the "gene" factor is nothing to sneeze at. When your father was a highly successful ML player, and your older brother is a high ranked prospect who has graduated to a quality ML'er in his own right, there is something to be said of where you come from and your potential. And I have seen many times, in different sports, for whatever reason, where the younger sibling turns out to actually be the better player. Would be awesome if it happened in this case.
I don't expect him to ever be a power threat. But I do wonder as he ages a bit, develops and fills out, if he might have some good XB and potential double digit HR capability.
Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:16 AM
There isn't a major league gene, I'm sure. But there has to be something to having a father that is a world class athlete. My dad is a slightly overweight guy with an oversized personality who likes to have a couple of drinks and complain about the local sports teams. I grew up to be almost the exact same guy. So whether that is genes or "monkey see, monkey do" I guess in the end if all things are equal I'd much prefer the guy with a Major League Father (patent pending on the movie title). It's not like they said he has grit or some other meaningless player attribute.
Well there's only a need for so many people with major league bat speed -- but you can't have too many people with personality! Sounds like you've got the far more important "Twins Blog comment gene." Hope to hear more from you!