The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was recently showcased during an awards ceremony at Doubleday Field last week, and as reported earlier this year, all four players inducted possess a unique Brain Type rarely seen in the MLB these days. It is truly astounding that, given the number of #13 FCIRs in the MLB past and present, not many of them have made it into this exclusive club (though perhaps that will change in the near future as their percentage in baseball grows).
Craig Biggio (#5 FEIR), Randy Johnson (#16 BCIL), Pedro Martinez (#5 FEIR), and John Smoltz (#7 FEIL) are the latest newcomers, and each player is definitely worthy of the honor. Fans will remember Craig Biggio as the shorter, spark-plug of a player who is regarded as the greatest all-around player in Astros history, and the only player ever to be named an All-Star at both catcher and second base (also a four-time Gold Glove Away winner).
Randy Johnson overcame the Brain Type odds to become one of the most memorable pitchers in history. While the rare #16 BCIL is usually sitting in the dugout at the managerial or coaching position (ala Tony La Russa), Johnson, also known as “The Big Unit,” was on the mound throwing 4,875 strikeouts, placing him second all-time behind Nolan Ryan (#7 FEIL). His 303 career victories rank as the fifth-most by a left-hander in Major League history, and as we all know, left-handedness often physically aids any Left brain dominant athlete (causing them to engage the Right hemisphere of the brain more efficiently). Johnson is truly 1 in a thousand when it comes to his inborn design in Major League Baseball
Meanwhile, Pedro Martinez made a name for himself from 1992 to 2009, reaching 3,000 strikeouts in fewer innings than any pitcher except, yes, Randy Johnson. He is also the only pitcher to compile over 3,000 strikeouts with less than 3,000 innings pitched. The #5 FEIR is hard to come by in baseball these days, with A Rod (Andrew Rodriguez) standing out above them all. Still, with their high-powered fine-motor skills, x-ray vision, and aggressive mindset, there is no doubt that, trained properly, #5 FEIRs are capable of achieving greatness on the baseball diamond.
Last but but not least is John Smoltz, the only other Left brain dominant player to be inducted this year. Speaking of Nolan Ryan earlier, Smoltz shares the same Brain Type, and they both were big-arm throwers. Smoltz led the NL in wins, winning percentage, strikeouts and innings pitched twice each, and his NL total of 3,052 strikeouts ranked fifth in league history when he retired. Ironically, he is also a good friend of #10 BCAR Tiger Woods (his opposite Type), and the two often play golf together. Tiger has stated that Smoltz is the best golfer outside of the PGA tour that he has observed (think of Nick Faldo of the PGA). The #7 FEIL, like the #16 BCIL, often finds the greatest success off the field, ala Bruce Bochy of the highly successful San Francisco Giants.
Baseball is no longer just a “game” as in times past. It now operates as a big business, with youth academies and training centers ideally created for the competitive and precocious #13 FCIRs. Hence, we see more of this Brain Type nowadays then ever before. At the same time, #1 FEARs (often from Latin America) are finding the greatest success percentage-wise in the league, and continue stand atop as the most gifted players on the field. Think of Yasiel Puig, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Carlos Beltran, and Albert Pujols. When it comes to nerve-racking World Series time, the #1 FEAR consistently steps up to the plate, utilizing their gross-motor big muscles to hit the home runs and carry their teams to victory.
Written by: Staff
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