CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe
Strength of Schedule Report
<< Previous Article
Eyewitness Accounts: A... (08/17)
<< Previous Column
Flu-Like Symptoms: Dou... (08/14)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin... (08/21)
Next Article >>
Rubbing Mud: Lineups A... (08/17)

August 17, 2017

Flu-Like Symptoms

Pitching Panacea?

by Rob Mains


This isn’t my idea. (Always a rousing way to start an article!) You may read this and conclude that I’m a moron. I’m not saying that’s wrong! I’m just saying that your logic in saying so may be fallacious, if you’re basing it on the proposal here. It isn’t mine. I’m just reporting it.

Craig Wright is a prominent baseball analyst. He was the first front office sabermetrician for the Rangers, way back in 1981. During a 10-year stint with the Dodgers, he’s widely credited with promoting the abilities of 62nd-round draft pick Mike Piazza.

In 1989, he published two books. The Diamond Appraised, co-written with Rangers pitching coach Tom House, is a pioneering sabermetric text, promoting concepts such as homefield advantage; pitcher development, deployment, and workload (and catcher ERA). He wrote the second book, The Man Who Stole First Base, with Eric Nadel. Wright and Nadel collaborated on a popular radio show, A Page from Baseball’s Past. Wright was the show’s primary researcher and writer, and Nadel was the producer and narrator.

Wright remains focused on baseball history, curating the website Pages from Baseball’s Past and publishing, in 2013, a book by the same name. (He expects a second volume later this year.)

So it was no surprise, given both his stature in the analytic community and his areas of expertise, that Wright was invited to write a chapter in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2015. His contribution, “The Explosion of UCL Injuries,” traces the growth of ulnar collateral ligament injuries and the resultant Tommy John surgeries, noting: “Something is going on in the major leagues that is making the UCL more vulnerable to serious injury, and it is trickling down into the ranks of amateur pitchers.”

Wright noted that while sliders were originally thought to be disproportionate culprits in the rise of UCL injuries, it’s velocity that’s the major problem. Throwing harder, not surprisingly, leads to more stress on the arm. He also noted that high workloads create more stress, though Wright is not an advocate of strict pitch limits, except for young pitchers or those recovering from an injury. Instead, he supports a target average pitch count for pitchers, with variance allowed on either side of the target.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

9 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Eyewitness Accounts: A... (08/17)
<< Previous Column
Flu-Like Symptoms: Dou... (08/14)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin... (08/21)
Next Article >>
Rubbing Mud: Lineups A... (08/17)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: A Few of My Favorite Dyna...
BP En Espanol: Confesiones de un falso manag...
What You Need to Know: Best of the Best
Short Relief: Our Large Retired Sons
BP Toronto
Premium Article Rubbing Mud: Half-Truths and Collision Cours...
Baseball Prospectus News: Subscription Price...

MORE FROM AUGUST 17, 2017
Eyewitness Accounts: August 17, 2017
Short Relief: Underappreciated Player Week: ...
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: August 17, 2017
What You Need to Know: The Thin Line Between...
Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of August 16
Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: The Quietly Valuable Lore...
Fantasy Article The Stash List: 20th Edition

MORE BY ROB MAINS
2017-08-24 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: The Rise and Fall of Rule...
2017-08-23 - DFA Podcast: Ep. 25: The One About The DL (P...
2017-08-21 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin Mazzaro's Second-Wors...
2017-08-17 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Pitching Panacea?
2017-08-14 - Flu-Like Symptoms: Double-Switches and the G...
2017-08-10 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Finding New Ways to Stink
2017-08-07 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Reverse Splits
More...

MORE FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS
2017-08-28 - Flu-Like Symptoms: How Designated Hitters Lo...
2017-08-24 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: The Rise and Fall of Rule...
2017-08-21 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Vin Mazzaro's Second-Wors...
2017-08-17 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Pitching Panacea?
2017-08-14 - Flu-Like Symptoms: Double-Switches and the G...
2017-08-10 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Finding New Ways to Stink
2017-08-07 - Premium Article Flu-Like Symptoms: Reverse Splits
More...