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What if baseball......was never invented

Honestly something I ponder.. If you took one of the major sports away, how many of those athletic freaks would have started playing another sport at a young age and become a star in it? Hell, some guys can develop into potential stars playing multiple sports at a time up through college. Wonder who would translate the best to other sports (besides the obvious guys who played multiple in college).

Rickey Henderson very nearly played football instead of baseball. Was an All American RB in high school and had many more football scholarship offers than baseball offers. Came down to his Mom's decision: http://www.athleticsnation.com/2013/2/2/3944448/when-rickey-henderson-played-football

I still think he makes the HOF either way. Just a matter of if his body could've held up to football's demands.

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What if baseball......was never invented

Honestly something I ponder.. If you took one of the major sports away, how many of those athletic freaks would have started playing another sport at a young age and become a star in it? Hell, some guys can develop into potential stars playing multiple sports at a time up through college. Wonder who would translate the best to other sports (besides the obvious guys who played multiple in college).

Rickey Henderson very nearly played football instead of baseball. Was an All American RB in high school and had many more football scholarship offers than baseball offers. Came down to his Mom's decision: http://www.athletics...played-football

I still think he makes the HOF either way. Just a matter of if his body could've held up to football's demands.

there are hundreds of RB's with similar FB skills, I doubt he would have made the HOF, maybe not even made it out of college

so many wash out. Ricky made the right choice, Ricky will tell you Ricky made the right choice

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What if the Cubs had 3 home games in 1984 against the Padres? They had a better record and yet were on the road for 3 straight games in a 5 game series...That is totally preposterous...What if it was a 7 game series? MLB switched to a 7 game series for the LCS in 1985...What if Leon Durham didn't let that ground ball go right between his legs? As you can probably tell I am very bitter about the 1984 NLCS...

still woulda been smoked by the Tigers

A myth is that the Cubs were deprived of home-field advantage for the 1984 National League Championship Series (NLCS) because they could not host night games.

However, from 1969–1984, the LCS were five-game series played in a 2-3 format. The NL West and AL East champs hosted the first two games in odd years and the NL East and the AL West hosted the first two games in even years. Thus, no changes were made to the NLCS schedule due to Wrigley Field's lack of lights.[17]

It is true that Major League Baseball announced in August 1984 that if the Cubs were to make the World Series, the first game would be moved to the American League park, to maximize the television revenues from night games. In 1984, the series was to be a seven-game series in a 2-3-2 format with the NL hosting the first two and last two games. Thus, if the Cubs had beaten the Padres in 1984, they would have been "cheated". [18]

It's funny that the stupid idea of alternating home field advantage ended in 1984...Whoever came up with that idea was way off base...Granted, the Tigers would of probably smoked the Cubbies but it would of been nice to see them in the World Series...

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Great stuff in this thread...

Echoing a couple -

What if Gooden and Strawberry didn't ruin their careers with cocaine?

What if Eric Davis stayed healthy?

What if Strasburg and Jose Fernandez didn't blow out their UCLs?

What if Jeremy Giambi slid? Or if Jeter didn't make one of the sickest plays ever?

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What is Shoeless Joe Jackson had been found innocent?

What if Babe Ruth had stayed a pitcher? Would he be among the greatest pitchers of all time, and would baseball have never become popular enough to be America's pastime?

What if Nolan Ryan had learned how to keep the BB under control at age 22 instead of age 32?

What if Bonds and Clemens hadn't taken 'roids? Would they still have been among the greatest ever?

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What if the owners of the Expos weren't cheap and never forced the fire sale of their players?

What if a humidor was never introduced to Coors Field?

What if the Marlins were able to keep their World Series roster together?

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What is Shoeless Joe Jackson had been found innocent?

He was. They were all found innocent. It didn't stop the commissioner from banning them though...

From wiki;

"The trial began on June 27, 1921, in Chicago.[10] Player John F. "Shano" Collins is named as the wronged party in the indictments of the key figures in the Black Sox scandal. The indictment claims that by throwing the World Series, the alleged conspirators defrauded him of $1,784.[12]

Prior to the trial, key evidence went missing from the Cook County Courthouse, including the signed confessions of Cicotte and Jackson, who subsequently recanted their confessions. (Some years later, the missing confessions reappeared in the possession of Comiskey's lawyer.)[13]

The players were acquitted. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning verdicts of not guilty on all charges.[10]"

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What if Matt Kemp never dated Rihanna?

This. Best post I've read on these boards in MONTHS. Bahaha cheers my friend! :D

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I think about how different it would be if you changed the dimensions of the field even a little bit. 80 feet for baselines, or 100 feet. Steals would be automatic, or impossible. What would the best hitters bat from 55 feet? .050? If that? 90 mph would be what, 105 mph? 95 would be 115ish? It's not a perfect correlation distance to speed, it's worse than that. You can really only see 90 mph for part of the way to plate, and you'd be taking 5 feet off whatever that distance is, rather than 5 feet off 60.

from 55 feet aroldis at top speed might be literally invisible

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The story about Shoeless Joe's original confession was because some lawyers filled him up with whiskey and later on he did recant his confession when he was sober. If a lawyer pulled a stunt like that nowdays he would probably be jailed and disbarred.

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What if Oakland didn't trade Carlos Gonzalez and Huston Street for 93 games of Matt Holliday, which they then traded for three prospects, the most promising being Brett Wallace (yes, he of the 105 Ks in 262 ABs in his last major league stint).

What if Oakland hadn't traded away Roger Maris? Or Reggie Jackson? What if Jeter hadn't held on? What if Jeremy Giambi had hustled and slid? What if Tejada had kept running and the umpires had called interference? What if Colon had started game 5, and/or Barton had fielded the ball cleanly?

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The story about Shoeless Joe's original confession was because some lawyers filled him up with whiskey and later on he did recant his confession when he was sober. If a lawyer pulled a stunt like that nowdays he would probably be jailed and disbarred.

People are way more honest when they drunk though?

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What if Bill Buckner fields the ball cleanly?

Than the Mets would of won it in the next inning
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