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The Million Dollar Arm (1 Viewer)

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Million Dollar Arm

Singh and Patel came to the United States six months ago after being the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called the "Million Dollar Arm" that drew about 30,000 contestants. The show sought to find athletes who could throw strikes at 85 miles per hour or faster....The contest was sponsored by a California sports management company that believed it could locate major league-worthy arms in a country of more than 1 billion...

They were just signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is more and thanks to Michael Tofias for the pointer. Here is the web site for the show. Here is information on the initial announcement of the prize contest.
 
When I was in junior high school, one my friends' dad was a cricket player back in India. The dad had a bunch of cricket equipment around the house ... we'd scoop it up and play a heavily bastardized version of cricket in an empty lot. I remember making wickets out of old beat-up aluminum lawn chairs.

Anyhoo, the cricket guy's son (my friend) went on to be a very good high school baseball player ... basically a high-school version of Ichiro (four tools ... not much pop).

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Cricket skills aren't that wildly different from baseball skills, IMHO. The top bowlers in cricket have arms on par with your Randy Johnsons and Roger Clemens -- just channeled into doing something somewhat different. They have their Tony Gwynns and Ichiros, too.

I'd think the key is getting to these Indian athletes early. Go find the 14-year-old cricket phenom and see if that kid's skills can be converted. Going after adults, OTOH, is little more than a publicity stunt.

 
If they wouldn't keep shooting the dudes tossing grenades in Mumbai, there might be a future for the Pirates pitching staff.

 
When I was in junior high school, one my friends' dad was a cricket player back in India. The dad had a bunch of cricket equipment around the house ... we'd scoop it up and play a heavily bastardized version of cricket in an empty lot. I remember making wickets out of old beat-up aluminum lawn chairs.Anyhoo, the cricket guy's son (my friend) went on to be a very good high school baseball player ... basically a high-school version of Ichiro (four tools ... not much pop)....Cricket skills aren't that wildly different from baseball skills, IMHO. The top bowlers in cricket have arms on par with your Randy Johnsons and Roger Clemens -- just channeled into doing something somewhat different. They have their Tony Gwynns and Ichiros, too.I'd think the key is getting to these Indian athletes early. Go find the 14-year-old cricket phenom and see if that kid's skills can be converted. Going after adults, OTOH, is little more than a publicity stunt.
I think the skills in batting and fielding are reasonably transferable between cricket and baseball, but the difference between bowling and pitching are quite large I'd say. Bowling quickly in cricket is almost all about rhythm, balance and posture during the run-up, whereas baseball pitching is more about generating speed through arm strength and muscle power in a single snap movement.
 
They just did a story about these two on Outside The Lines. It's a really cool story as these two had no idea what baseball even was until they entered this contest.

Names that we just think of as being universal, Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, were presented to these two guys and they had blank looks on their faces when asked if they had heard of them.

After 8 months, these guys are touching 90 on the gun and heading to Spring Training with the Pirates.

Regardless of what happens, one of the guys won $100K American for coming in first in the contest. He comes from a village in the middle of nowhere. His dad makes less than 30 bucks a month.

 
Regardless of what happens, one of the guys won $100K American for coming in first in the contest. He comes from a village in the middle of nowhere. His dad makes less than 30 bucks a month.
MLB trying to monetize the 2nd largest country in the world = smart idea.
 

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