Talent vs. Determination
Ever since baseball has been a recognized sport there has always been the argument of whether it’s better to have sheer talent or heart and desire. Two of baseball’s best players perfectly illustrate this conflict. Hanley Ramirez is what some baseball enthusiasts would call, a “five tool player.” Essentially, he was born to play baseball. David Eckstein on the other hand, isn’t exactly the model athlete. The differences and similarities between these two players make them both great baseball players but in very different ways. Upon looking at the two, it is clear that Ramirez was physically groomed to be an athlete. Standing six foot-three inches, weighing 225 pounds, and built like a Greek god, his presence is ominous. While Eckstein, standing a mere five foot-seven inches and weighing 177 pounds, looks more like a choir boy than a major league baseball player. Ramirez is capable of hitting for power and contact, playing defense very well, throwing out anybody in the majors, and he’s lightning fast. It is hard to fathom how they play the same position. Eckstein is lucky to hit the ball out of the infield, has a mediocre arm at best, and is an average runner. He is the epitome of bland. However, what Eckstein lacks in raw ability, he makes up for in his work ethic and love of the game. When he was growing up, every coach he ever had would say, “you’re good, but you’re just too small”, or “ I can’t put a five foot seven shortstop on my team!”. But that never stopped him. Even as a major league player he is practicing and working every day, trying to get better. Since he plays the game how it should be played, his teammates look to him as a leader. That is what makes him great. Conversely, Ramirez is gifted with such talent, but plays lazy. A number of times his coach has benched him for his poor attitude, or his lack of effort. It’s almost as if he walks around with a chip on his shoulder because of his ability. Ramirez will hit a ball...
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