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Now it looks like the Red Sox are eschewing the slider
If you want to say "throwing an object at maximum effort in high-stress situations over a number of years or decades, for tens if not hundreds of thousands of repetitions" is unnatural, then sure, I'll buy that.
As a Yankee fan I'd be very pleased if the O's and Sox concluded that flat, 88-mph fastballs are the healthiest pitch.
and there’s only one screwball pitcher in the big leagues. Maybe one day we’ll find those pitches lead to injury, too.
Ralph Kiner was broadcasting a long time ago (Valenzuela 1981?) and remarked "if you're a young pitcher do not throw a screwball as it can really mess up your arm."
I get annoyed with the "pitching is an unnatural movement" claim, expressed in both TFA and the comments.
More broadly, from an evolutionary perspective, how in the world is throwing anything but one of the most fundamental of human motions?
Walking upright is an unnatural movement.
Who's the screwball pitcher? I know Danny Ray Herrera was one, but he blew out his arm.
I think I remember Carl Hubbell saying the screwball was bad for his arm, actually deforming it slightly.
I remember that he said it sort of twisted it outward, but how bad could it have been? He threw almost 3600 IP to a 130 ERA+. He was above average through age-38, and pitched until 40.
I remember that he said it sort of twisted it outward, but how bad could it have been?
Aren't fastball/changeup pitchers the healthiest? I know that's kinda a broad claim, but a lot of the guys with long careers and no arm problems were fastball/changeup guys: Maddux, Glavine, James Shields, etc.
I only really saw Spahn at the end of his career, but I never thought he threw a screwball either.
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