Re: Ryan Kalish ready to start playing games
posted at 5/24/2012 6:10 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Ryan Kalish ready to start playing games
[QUOTE]Heh...have any or you guys actually seen Kalish play? His approach is waiting for an injury. Diving for balls he didn't come within 2 feet of. He's a football player in a baseball uniform. He needs to not play defense like a crazy man or he will not stay on the field.
Posted by Boomerangsdotcom[/QUOTE]
His hustle and athleticism are why he's still considered a very good prospect and why he's made it this far...Hard to change the way one plays the game. Kalish is a gritty kid that plays the game hard all the time, a "Dirt Dog" if you will...
That said, there's a fine line between "giving up your body" and diving for balls that might find grass or running into the wall in an attempt to make a play vs being reckless. Ballplayers are encouraged from and early age to "get dirty" in an attempt to field balls that are just out of thier reach and in the spirit of team. Are applauded by thier teammates for making the effort to try to catch the ball when they do. It's a fine line, but if you asked any coach or player who's ever played the game at the high school level or above. "Getting dirty" is the least the fielders can do in support of thier pitcher and sometimes in the spirit of team, guys get hurt.
We've seen first hand in recent times with Ellsbury. What can happen when an outfielder tries to make a diving catch and has to fully extend to reach for a ball that is just out of his reach. A ball that if he didn't give up his body, would surly be an extra base hit...Ell's has now suffered two injuries diving for balls that have cost him time on the DL with broken ribs and this year he separated his shoulder...JD Drew never dove for balls, which along with his frequent trips to the DL for his chronic hamstring problems, lent credence to his being labled "Nancy" by his detractors.
In 1975 Fred Lynn in his rookie year played centerfield much like Kalish does now and would run down balls hit in the gaps and crash into walls, diving for balls that looked to be uncatchable. Only to make what is today considered a "web gem"...Many thought that he'd ultimately kill himself. In fact he did hurt himself running into the wall in left center...Today the padding on the outfield fences was installed to keep him from killing himself.
My guess is that Kalish probably will continue to give up his body and play hard. It's wired into his DNA. Like Lynn, will learn when to and when not to give that extra effort in the interest of staying on the field...but if the balls within his grasp...my guess is that he's gonna lay out, injury be damned...I wouldn't want it any other way and I would venture to guess that guys like Pedrioa will be the first to pat him on his back for doing so...