Hey Hurst had a torn rotator cuff and labrum at age 34.
I take serious issue with Seaver’s views. First, having a long career does not make the rambling, hyperbolic nonsense you’re espousing less nonsensical. Second, doctors — specifically ones who’ve done exhaustive testing and found rich evidence to support that not throwing gazillions of innings actually does help you remain healthy — should not be overruled by a baseball player, even a great one, with an opinion that hinges on logic like kids these days.
I hate when old warhorses say the best way to prevent injuries to players today is to have them go back in time and do what the players of old did. Then, to prove their point, they highlight all the old-timers who threw mindboggling amounts of innings compared to today’s totals, and did it simply because they threw a lot, and always threw a lot.
Bull. The reasons these old-timers threw a ton of innings is because they were genetic freaks, pure and simple. Throwing is an unnatural motion. It’s going to cause some guys to get hurt faster, or get hurt more severely than others. But, in the end, throwing always hurts you.
...It’s convenient to point out the greats to use as examples. But it’s also convenient to leave out the thousands who fell apart. I know about the talent that survived, what about the talent that didn’t? No one ever seems to remember them, not even some of the guys who played alongside them.
Today’s sports medicine allows baseball to take risks on incredible talent that the baseball of old could not. If a player breaks today, he can be fixed.
Yes, the injuries are frustrating and yes, it’s easy to point to the totals of the old lions of the game. But the truth is, if you can take a guy with Tom Seaver’s stuff but not his resiliency, spend two or three years fixing him over a productive 15-year career, that’s still more profitable than having him for two years, watching him break, telling him you don’t know how to fix it, and wishing him luck in the used car industry.