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The Five Tools Updated

In baseball talent evaluation they still occ. (less so than in past!) refer to a five-tool player as that rarest of commodity. I think the five tools are:

Can hit
hit with power
speed--as in running speed and ability to cover ground
throw--strong arm, usually from OF
field--position cleanly and dependably

But not certain I'm right on the last. Anyone know off top what the tools are?

The ideal player pointed to was/is Willie Mays with his amazing tools of power, speed, throwing, running. Who was some of the other exemplars of these skills all in one package/player?

Today you are lucky to get 3, and the ones usually lost are the throwing and defense. Guess Bonds had it all at one point, but not now. Sosa never a great fielder but OK in prime and could run.

But I would suggest in today's game the fascination with on-base pct. might outrank throwing as a priority...or do players with great arms just not come along as often?

Longing for a Dawson or Soriano maybe to prove me wrong...is he five-tool?? As 2B wasn't considered league average defensively...maybe 4 is enough for $137 M.

How the game has changed...not necess. always for the better!!

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