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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Baseball Prospectus: Too Easy to Say ‘Just Play Baseball’

Because telling young football players to just play baseball isn’t that simple.

First of all, most young athletes don’t have the choice. Not every two-sport high schooler is Deion Sanders, or even Jeff Samardzija. Consider how small a segment of the population can play high-level college or pro baseball or football, and consider how much smaller a segment of the population is capable of doing both. Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, a 20-yeear-old listed at 6-foot-4, 312 pounds, is ideally suited for pushing large men and tackling small ones, which are skills as useless to baseball as Joey Votto’s ability to hit a small ball with a round bat is to football.

But that’s obvious. Let’s address the case of the day, players like Antwaan Randle El, who actually had the choice between football and baseball and chose the former. Saying “just choose baseball” ignores the profound economic disparities between amateur baseball and football.

For all its other faults, the route to fame and fortune in football is one of the most meritocratic in sports. There are elite private clinics for kids, particularly quarterbacks, but—ironically, perhaps because of the brutality of the sport—football players, most of the time, play for their high schools and nowhere else. Colleges scout and recruit high schoolers at their schools, and pro teams scout colleges. Acknowledging that rich parents can hire personal trainers, or send their kids to private schools, or pay for sessions with George Whitfield, you can get noticed by Alabama or Florida State, and in turn by the NFL, if you just show up for your high school football team.

That’s much less true in baseball, and it’s one of the sport’s most severe and least-discussed problems when it comes to spreading the game at the grassroots level. Once the amateur game becomes essentially privatized—a year-round phenomenon where travel teams and private showcases supplement and supplant school teams—it gets expensive, quickly.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 01:36 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: bonuses, football, salaries, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Mailbag: Brandon McCarthy

What was Tommy John surgery like?  – Andrew

I was asleep, so I don’t know. I assume it was gross….

If you could go back in time and take back one pitch you threw, which would it be and why?  – Sal

Probably the one that was hit back at my head and required lifesaving brain surgery. If you still need to know why, please reread the previous sentence.

I’m a big Dodger fan. Have you had a chance to sit down and talk with Sandy Koufax at all since joining the team? What can you share about that experience?  – David

First off, he looks about 25 years younger than he is, so my first thought was to ask him about his skin care regimen. Deciding that was too personal, I said something like, “Crazy weather we’re having,” because it was overcast in Arizona. He might have said something in response, but I forget what it was, and honestly it’s not relevant to my story.

Sensing that he was dealing with a social dunce, he asked me about my curveball grip. I showed him, and he quickly showed me a much better way to hold it. My instincts to talk about the weather almost kicked in again before he continued talking about how important the grip is and how he used to hold his depending on what type of curveball he wanted to throw. We talked about the curveball for about half an hour even though I was cold, because it was overcast in Arizona. It will forever be one of my favorite career experiences

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, players tribune, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lance Lynn injured, has Tommy John surgery | MLB.com

Well, this explains it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, lance lynn, tommy john surgery

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Royals announce that reliever Greg Holland will miss remainder of the season

Greg Holland’s season is over.

The Royals announced Thursday that Holland will not pitch again this year due to an injury to his right elbow. The team said the severity of the injury will be determined next week when he is examined by Neil ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthapaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

The prospect of Tommy John surgery looms over Holland, who was 3-2 with 32 saves and a 3.83 ERA this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow injury, greg holland, royals, tommy john surgery

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Josh Johnson, aiming for comeback, to have third Tommy John surgery - CBSSports.com

This doesn’t sound promising.

Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, still aiming for another comeback, is having a third Tommy John surgery soon, according to sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: josh johnson, padres, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


Friday, September 04, 2015

Deadspin: Boras wants Harvey shut down after 180 IP

Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.

Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for the sake of his future health. Alderson would obviously like to have one of his best pitchers available for what could be a deep Mets playoff run. Harvey has so far pitched 166 innings this year. You can see the problem.

 


 

 

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