Fox Sports Network compared baseball with cricket on its Sports
Science show and concluded that cricket is easier than baseball. We
The show begins well and the concept is interesting. USA cricketer
Aditya Thyagarajan and Arizona Diamondbacks 3rd baseman Mark Reynolds,
were wired up and tested to resolve whether it was tougher to bat
against a pitcher or a bowler?A question that a lot of baseball players
have tried to answer themselves - including the famous Babe Ruth. More
recently, Manny Ramirez tried his hand at baseball too.
In selecting Aditya Thyagarajan, one of USA's best cricketers, Fox
showed they were serious about their mission. Aditya, who played first
class cricket in India, recently played two key innings for USA - 42
against Bermuda and a match winning 84 against Canada, and he became
known as "Pappelbon" after the Boston Red Sox closer.
But as the show progressed, you can see that it was not a like-for-like
comparison. For a first time batter taking to cricket, Mark Reynolds
did not get the entire range of bowling. In the video, he is seen
batting against really well pitched balls begging to be hit which, to
his credit, he did well.
For a cricketer to take a baseball bat, it is fairly obvious that it would take some getting used to.
All things being equal, for a ball that is tauntingly over pitched,
begging to be hit, the surface area theory is probably right - the
cricketer has an advantage because, when compared to baseball, he has a
lot more surface area on the sweet spot.
all things are not equal. A more scientific comparison would probably
test a variety of balls - from googlies to fast bowling. Isn't that
what cricket is about?
For a meaningful comparison - a super over is not what the doctor ordered.
Aditya Thyagarajan has the final word: "Cricket and Baseball require
differrent techniques. In my opinion the analysis seemed a bit biased
towards baseball. A Baseball player will find it extremely difficult to
even play Division 5 local cricket and a cricketer will find it equally
difficult to play league baseball. All in all - 2 great sports. Let's
sit back and enjoy!" That is a true statesman.