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One Tool That Can Be Learned

Will Lingo -Premium Content

When you think of Best Tools, at first blush you tend to think of them as easily quantifiable physical skills. A player either runs fast or runs slow. He has a strong arm or he does not. He can crush balls over the fence or he cannot. On closer examination, though, all the supposedly simple physical tools have a subtler element, the certain something that translates physical ability into successful application on the diamond.

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All The Tools

John Millea -Premium Content

It makes perfect sense that Joe Mauer would relate playing behind the plate in baseball to standing behind center in football. After all, Minnesota's all-star catcher was named the Gatorade national high school football player of the year a few months before the Twins made the St. Paul, Minn., product the first overall pick in the 2001 draft.

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