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Saturday, May 14, 2022

King of Throws: Tom House has reinvented himself (again)

It almost defies belief, but five of the Rangers’ nine primary pitchers during Ryan’s first two seasons with the club — the other four being Hough, Rogers, Kevin Brown and Jamie Moyer — played into their 40s. Ryan, Hough and Moyer make the list of the eight oldest players of the modern era. They were righties and lefties, control artists and fireballers and each was looking for ways to extend their careers. No matter their demographic, they had one thing in common: They all learned how to maintain their pitching arms from Tom House. ...

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2022 at 11:15 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 14, 2022 at 11:54 AM (#6076706)
They all learned how to maintain their pitching arms from Tom House. ...

OTOH, so did Mitch Williams, Bobby Witt, Jose Cecena, Jose Guzman, Ed Correa, Brian Bohanon, and the perpetually injured Dan Smith.

House was also an early adopter of steroids, describing attitudes of the time thusly:
"I pretty much popped everything cold turkey," House said. "We were doing steroids they wouldn't give to horses. That was the '60s, when nobody knew."

House, a former pitching coach with the Texas Rangers and co-founder of the National Pitching Association near San Diego, is one of the first players to describe steroid use as far back as the 1960s.

House, 58, estimated that six or seven pitchers per team were at least experimenting with steroids or human growth hormone. He said players talked about losing to opponents using more effective drugs.

"We didn't get beat, we got out-milligrammed," he said. "And when you found out what they were taking, you started taking them."
   2. Walt Davis Posted: May 14, 2022 at 04:11 PM (#6076719)
The headline gets an F. It was "Game" of thrones ... there is no King of Thrones, the King sits on the throne. Surely that's no later than week 2 in Headline Puns 101.
   3. Rough Carrigan Posted: May 14, 2022 at 05:21 PM (#6076724)
Wow, thank you #1. I'd never heard that widespread use started that early.
   4. sunday silence (again) Posted: May 14, 2022 at 09:37 PM (#6076741)
5 year old Tom House doing steroids in the 60s. Man that is hard core.
   5. salvomania Posted: May 14, 2022 at 10:00 PM (#6076747)
5 year old Tom House doing steroids in the 60s. Man that is hard core.

?????

You know House was pitching in the minors by 1967, right?
   6. sunday silence (again) Posted: May 14, 2022 at 10:35 PM (#6076759)
the quote seems to say he is 58 years old.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2022 at 11:12 PM (#6076769)
Geez, I only submitted this 5 days ago. I wonder what the record is for time lapses on submissions?

As for House's steroid use in the 60's, that quote is just clickbait. He made that claim in the context of saying how players would try to get high on banana peels and dirty socks. All that crap was about as performance enhancing as rubbing a rosary bead. In his 1989 book he had an entire chapter devoted to drugs in the 60's and 70's, and not once did he even mention steroids. The drugs he mentioned were strictly amps and recreational drugs.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: May 14, 2022 at 11:34 PM (#6076772)
House is 75 years old - but he may have been only 58 when St. Nick first submitted the link
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 01:53 AM (#6076780)
The quote is from a USA Today article from May of 2005.
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2022 at 08:59 AM (#6076785)
The quote is from a USA Today article from May of 2005.

So why didn't House mention steroids in his 1989 book, when he devoted an entire chapter to drug use in the 60's and 70's? Obviously because he knew that in the 60's and the 70's steroids were more of a curiosity, like Babe Ruth's goat testicles, than any sort of actual performance enhancer. But by 2005, when steroids talk was still raging, what better clickbait than to bring up a point that previously he'd seen as irrelevant?
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2022 at 10:46 PM (#6076928)
So why didn't House mention steroids in his 1989 book, when he devoted an entire chapter to drug use in the 60's and 70's? Obviously because he knew that in the 60's and the 70's steroids were more of a curiosity, like Babe Ruth's goat testicles, than any sort of actual performance enhancer. But by 2005, when steroids talk was still raging, what better clickbait than to bring up a point that previously he'd seen as irrelevant?


Also a possibility: because Tom House is chronically full of ####.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2022 at 11:36 PM (#6076932)
So why didn't House mention steroids in his 1989 book, when he devoted an entire chapter to drug use in the 60's and 70's?
Book Writing 101, save something for your second book?
   13. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 15, 2022 at 11:57 PM (#6076933)
Babe Ruth's goat testicles


The Babe had goat's testicles? Hah, I just kid....
   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 16, 2022 at 07:23 AM (#6076950)
So why didn't House mention steroids in his 1989 book, when he devoted an entire chapter to drug use in the 60's and 70's?

Book Writing 101, save something for your second book?


Any day now! As soon as Tim Tebow wins a Super Bowl!
   15. TJ Posted: May 16, 2022 at 09:05 AM (#6076957)
Babe Ruth's goat testicles


The Babe had goat's testicles? Hah, I just kid....


Maybe Nick meant Babe Ruth's G.O.A.T. Testicles?

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