A beginning batter is often taught to take a controlled swing in order to make more consistent contact. He is taught to sacrifice hitting the ball hard in order to hit the ball more often. In contrast, another beginning batter is often taught to take a powerful swing in order to hit the ball hard, and is taught that if he hits with power he is unable to hit the ball often.  Each way of teaching, because it excludes the other facet, is wrong!

A definition of a paradox is “an apparent contradiction and the union of total opposites.” The significant paradox of a great hitter is: he hits the ball often and he often hits the ball hard. In other words, a great hitter hits for a high batting average and hits with power. The 2 are not mutually exclusive. The beginning batter must be taught to emphasize each facet – he must learn to make consistent contact and hit the ball hard and far. Anything less is unfulfilled potential. Anything less, and a batter fails to become a hitter.

A great hitter finds a way to do both. Albert Pujols. Joey Votto. Josh Hamilton. Carlos Gonzalez. When “Triple Crown” is a possibility, the great hitter has achieved the paradox. Be paradoxical; be great!


About twskipton

Todd W. Skipton created the Raising A Man enterprise to provide examples, biographies, quotes, stories, and inspiration about great men and women throughout history and sports. These high achievers tapped into their inner conquering spirit in order to fulfill their maximum potential. Begin the journey from hope to reality; from possibility to accomplishment; from boyhood to manhood. Be great at everything and be great at life!
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