Baseball vs Cricket | Detailed comparison

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  • Baseball vs Cricket

    Though there are many videos comparing baseball and cricket, most of them are based out of USA and are biased towards baseball. So, in this video, I have tried to explain why I feel cricket is the better game.

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  • Whether you like cricket or baseball better is up to preference. They’re both fine games, but you’ve said some things about baseball that are downright false. I’d at least like to address some of those.

    1. There is more difference between cricket pitches than there is in baseball fields.

    This is false. Baseball fields all play very differently from one another. They can be classified into two types, hitter’s parks and pitcher’s parks, but they all offer different challenges. Yankee stadium, for example, has a short porch in right that favors left handed power hitters. Fenway Park has the green monster in left that balls sometimes bounce off of at 80 MPH. Wrigley Field has Ivey on the outfield wall that the ball sometimes gets lost in and a brick wall behind it that isn’t very forgiving when fielders crash into it. Safeco Field is known as an extreme pitcher's park, making small ball the better option. The Astro's have a hill in center field that the fielders have to run up. There's also a flag poll ontop of the hill in the field of play. The late Polo Grounds was 500 feet to center field and just 300 or so down the lines. The second deck hung out over the field, and the outfield was sloped down away from home plate so that the outfielders actually sometimes had a hard time seeing the batter. Coors Field in Colorado is a mile above sea level,. The thin air makes it the best hitters park in baseball. The point is, they vary quite a bit.

    2. The nine positions in baseball are fixed.

    This is false. The fielders move depending both the batter and the situation. If the batter frequently hits the ball to the right side of the diamond, all of the players will shift. The shortstop plays where the second baseman normally is, and the second baseman will move to shallow right field. If the batter shows bunt or is in a bunting situation, the third baseman and the first baseman will move way, way in to guard against it. Then there are questions about whether to play the infield in or play the infield at double play depth with a runner on third. There have even been cases where all the outfielders have moved to the infield in the ninth inning because any ball hit to the outfield would score a walk off run.

    3. “I don’t see the point of using gloves…”

    Obviously it’s easier to catch the ball in a glove. But that doesn’t mean that fielder’s aren’t “alert” in baseball. And it doesn’t mean they have more time to react. Baseball plays are often times more complex, where everyone is running in a different direction with a different purpose. It’s really just a difference in the way the games are designed.

    4. Baseball players are not willing to get hit because the batter “is going to get out anyway.”

    Absolutely false! Outs are an extremely precious, limited resource in baseball and in cricket. Baseball players are just as willing to sacrifice their bodies to make them.

    5. Base runners in baseball don’t have to think as much.

    False. Runners have to think quite a bit. Yes, they have to run if they hit a fair ball, but after that the cat and mouse games begin! Baserunning is a difficult art!

    “Should I try to go for second?”
    “Will the pitcher throw to first or to home?”
    “Should I go on this passed ball/wiled pitch?”
    “Should I round third and go home or hold at third?”
    “Will I try and test the fielder’s arm, or hold?”

    These are just some of the considerations. And there are lots of tecniques a runner has to know too! How to overrun/round first. How and when to take primary and secondary leads and how to dive back on a pickoff attempt. How to slide feet first. How to preform a takeout slide. How to preform a popup slide. It’s not simple!

    There are a lot more things here I’d like to point out, but this is getting kind of long. As much as I hate not to address all the other misconceptions about baseball in this video, I’m calling it quits here. I might edit this with more later.

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  • Baseball vs Cricket

    Hi Guys!! Please check out my new video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK-J0NvG20I to find out who can switch to the other sport? Baseballers or Cricketers?

  • this needs to be shared to every American.

  • im japanese baseball fan. in short Baseball is popular in the country influenced by U.S,
    Cricket is the case by UK.

  • You are spot on! Keep it up. Baseball is a cheap imitation of cricket.

  • superb video

  • cricket father of baseball

  • Well explained man…
    Great comparison and great conclusion.
    Agreed with u in almost every points u mentioned…

    Peace

    Njoy both sports

  • Krishna. gundubogula

    cricket is a well desined game

  • Science is not a game

    Cricket is the batter's game while baseball is the pitchers game. It's really as simple as that. You'll see signatures of this truth across all facets of both sports, from the design of the equipment, to the protections afforded to the players, to the rules/penalties, to which side is considered offense and defense (hint: just because batting is considered the attacking side in baseball doesn't mean that's the case in cricket), and so forth. You might as well a well pass value judgements between soccer with basketball just because the sizes of the balls are similar or sprinting with marathon running just because both involve running.

    Baseball batters would have the "advantage" when trying cricket batting because baseball batters are used to having to hit within a much smaller strike zone (though Japanese batters much more so since they're used to directing the ball rather than just hitting dingers). However, (fast) bowlers have a relative advantage compared to pitchers because bowlers are able to accelerate the ball up to 100 mph without bending their arms (the run up doesn't really add that much speed compared to the additional power you have access to by being able to throw the ball)*. In other words, the key limitation in baseball is on the size of the bat, whereas the key limitation in cricket is the on the bowler's body itself. This was illustrated pretty clearly when Babe Ruth tried cricket: he was great at batting but terrible at bowling. Conversely, the Australian bowler Brett Lee threw some demo pitches for the D-backs back in the 2000s and was consistently hitting in the 90s despite never having ever thrown a baseball before.

    Both sports have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to fielding. In cricket, the quality of catching is far superior (yeah, ok, let's assume that on average, the exit velocity is a few miles per hour slower; when the ball is as hard as it is, that slightly slower speed does not make catches like this any less impressive and it's futile to try and argue anything comparable to this exists in baseball: https://youtu.be/Z-4KSwTU67U?t=302) and there are endless possibilities when it comes to field configurations/strategies. In baseball, the throwing tends to be far better and the action tends to be more fast paced more often overall.

    Do the feats achieved in baseball get to more "extreme" heights in terms of measurement? Yeah, I think we would all have to say that's the case (for example, Chapman's ~106 mph being the fastest pitch versus Lee's/Tate's 101 mph fast bowling, the required reaction time for hitting a fastball with a baseball bat, etc), but that should be expected considering the relative limitations of both sports. By baseball people constantly going on about how much more extreme their sport is than cricket, they open themselves up to cricket people saying how much more cerebral and ballsy their sport is (the last point because 90+ mph bouncers can be directed toward the batman's head without any penalty to the bowler; I know pitchers can be hit by batters without penalty in baseball, but this is much, much rarer). In the end, there is no winner to this argument because there can't be…

    Admittedly, T20 cricket is pretty cringey and is sort of just a worse form of baseball. However, Test cricket and baseball are simply too divergent to be able to say one is better or worse in any objective sense. It's just unfortunate that the format of Test cricket makes it much harder to market (hence the emergence of T20).

    *Often, baseball people will completely miss the point of bowling by assuming that cricket people think that bowling is a "superior" way of delivering the ball (which some of them do ignorantly try to argue). You have to realize that the point of bowling is that bowling is an inherently worse way of delivering the ball in the same way that a baseball bat is an inherently worse tool for hitting the ball.

  • InsertColorHereHawk

    Notes, since a lot of the video doesn't do a full point by point comparison, including pitch types, baserunning, baseball shifts, and pitching styles, along with a few other notes, including how swinging a cricket bat is based upon the arms, while baseball draws power through the hips

    1: Conditions between fields are minimal, though that comes from the fact that most places are a similar climate, really though, this is a big difference and has nothing else to note

    2: I imagine a manager would put another player behind the plate, but Rule 4.03 explicitly bans it from competition, and putting players in the way of a ball that can average 90mph without protection within 9m of the hitter just sounds like a good way of injuring them. Also, something to note, the foul tip rule in baseball specifically exists to relegate sharp and short foul balls that instantly get into the glove of a catcher into being a strike.

    2a: The batters do have to consider the danger of advancing on live balls, such as tagging up and advancing, stealing bases, dropped third strikes(and dropped pitches should that rule pass), and the fact that advancing a base doesn't score a run unless you make it to home plate, plus is it worth it to extend your hit into a double or triple, or go for another base, because you only get three outs before the field resets. For example, I could be on third, but if the ball goes straight to third, you don't have to run because it isn't worth it to get out at the plate.

    3: This is true, but it comes with a caveat, pitchers can use the same pitching motion and stance for multiple pitches, and this, when mixed with the shorter distance from the mound to plate, gives players less time to even determine the pitch type, let alone the trajectory. The other thing to consider is sidearm and submarine delivery, which are both legal and are even harder to determine the trajectory of, and submarine can even produce truly rising pitches.

    3a: The thing to consider, many MLB and NPB pitchers can throw above 95 as their primary pitch, then mix in 85mph as their breaking ball or changeup, and most fast bowlers don't have that much spin in the air.

    3b: The knuckleball, shuuto, knuckle-curve, screw(reverse spin) and other specialty pitches are still incredibly hard to hit, but they are just as hard to pitch.

    4: Shot selection is now on the pitcher instead of the batter, the idea that the sinker is a groundball pitch can help explain how the control of the field goes to the pitcher instead of the hitter. You also didn't show corner pitches and deceptive balls, where even 3 inches can mean the difference between contact and a strike

    4s: Both games are built as "The Gentleman's Game", but baseball takes a more rugby approach to it, the unwritten rules of baseball are very much sportsmanlike rules

    5: You do realize shot selection from the pitcher changes where you can innovate, it's now how you take baserunning and how you try to affect which players are up to hit, and it's up to the pitcher to innovate in the match

    Final: It's always been mindgames, there's a reason why lefties beat righties, it's because they get more time to get an understanding of the ball, plus the deception of pitchers is what keeps batters off balance. Baserunning is a skill, and getting TOOTBLAN can be a potential failure on the basepaths

    The pitch being a "full toss": In the middle of the zone, yes, in the lowest part of the zone, it transitions to a yorker due to the remining gap, but, not every pitch is a legal delivery in cricket. In your image of the strike zone, you'll notice the how there was a good chunk of the zone above the waist. The region between the waist and mid-torso is a legal strike in baseball, but in cricket, it's considered a beamer, which is actually a no ball, did I forget to mention they can legally pitch the ball there at 100+mph

    It would have been nice to see an indepth segment about baseball during each portion that considered what baseball does in a given segment, because discussing the pitch types in baseball would have been important to understanding a detailed comparison

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