The essay authors are now revealed.
So much has been written about, talked about, and debated over in baseball since we launched our first WebBall Challenge back in 2002.
We've witnessed an increased emphasis on conditioning. We've heard all the talk about mental training. We've been confronted with what can only be called the "MoneyBall Effect". And we've had "how we teach", as well as "what we teach", questioned at every turn.
That's why that we thought it was time to launch a different WebBall Challenge - a new way to ask the overriding question that plagues everyone who coaches or helps a family member improve his/her game... What is anything has really changed in baseball in the last 10 years?
In the end, it comes down to this...
what do you take in, what do you ignore? Who do you believe? And how much can you possibly convey to those poor unsuspecting young players who have no idea of the storm of opinions raging around them? So, what we did is invite experts to weigh in, as usual. Also as usual it was a blind challenge ... no authors revealed until readers/voters had their say.
Results may vary.
Here's the punchline (of sorts). While people read the essays, we received too few votes. So few, in fact, that we cannot in fairness declare a winner.
In another year, or even another season, we might have had different results. What we do know for certain is that readers had some agreements and disagreements with each of the authors. And we certainly believe all essays have merit.
Essays are posted with authors now revealed. Subscribers and WebBall Team Players can log in and add their comments and opinions below each essay. Who knows, this might lead to further debate, and in time, another round of voting.