Posts by Tim Williams

First Pitch: Pushing the Limits of Human Performance

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There are over seven-point-six billion people in the world. There are at least 4,300 different philosophies and religions to follow. I’ll be damned if the one I choose is TINSTAAPP. There is no such thing as a pitching prospect? A belief based on fear of the inevitable: Injuries. Post a…

First Pitch: Paprika

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I’ve written a few more personal themed First Pitch articles this week, tying them into baseball development. Yesterday, I wrote about how I shut everything in my life down in 2019, aiming to improve my health. During this process, I was considering a change. The Pirates were bleeding fans, this…

First Pitch: Posturing

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I was reading a lot about Roberto Clemente yesterday, and something stuck out like a sharp pain that perpetually sits in the middle of your back, located between the scapula and spine. This excerpt is from a 1972 article on Clemente, written in the early part of the same year…

First Pitch: Remembering a Real Life Superhero

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“With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s a phrase by a French philosopher, more commonly known as the guiding words for a young superhero. The phrase is designed to speak to those who have power — whether that’s power over other people, the power to influence other people, or just…

First Pitch: Just Like That, Baby

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I have a theory. We are all the same. Every human is built a blank slate, with two meters to determine how they will navigate life: Logic and Emotion. It seems that the most successful people in life are balanced well between Logic and Emotion. The majority of us have…

First Pitch: How Much Value Should a 40-Grade Player Have?

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I think it would be safe to call Ben Gamel a 40 value player. That’s not future value. That’s present day. The 40-grade is typically reserved for bench players who can stick in the majors, due to their ability to make an impact off the bench. Gamel has spent parts…

First Pitch: How Much Does Age Matter in Prospect Evaluations?

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I’m going to preface this by saying that every player should be evaluated and developed as an individual. That said, every individual follows the same age path, and our bodies tend to follow the same path of gradual decline. Professional sports tend to favor players who are on the incline.…