Many baseball fans bemoan the wimpification of today’s starting pitchers and the strict pitch limits and 5-man rotations. They will tell you about pitchers that completed most of their games and could throw 300 innings in a year and never break down.
But what they are missing is that for every Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan who were gifted with marathon arms, there were numerous great pitchers that broke down or never made it to the big leagues because they weren’t durable enough. Somebody like Pedro Martinez would have never lasted if he pitched 50 years ago.
And the reason is that throwing a baseball overhand is an unnatural act with both the shoulder and elbow being asked to do something it wasn’t designed to do, and to do it in a very violent manner.
The guys at the YES Network gave us a good view of this action with CC Sabathia last night. It is amazing more pitchers don’t break down…
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