"finesse", the adjective

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 3 21:50:46 UTC 2012

Huh? A finesse pitcher demonstrates control, something I equate with
"technical precision". A finesse hitter "hits 'em where they ain't", rather
than out of the park, another form of technical precision. Prince Fielder
has even been called a finesse slugger, because he rarely "swings and
misses". A finesse infielder has the technical precision to field a hard
grounder and turn the double play.


On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>wrote:

> In soccer, technique is often
> highly valued and raw power disparaged. Not so in baseball, hence the
> difference. Describing someone as a "finesse player" in baseball implies
> lack of power, not abundance of technical precision.

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