Are teams asking the right questions about pitcher injury prevention, or are they just guessing along with the rest of us?
Thanks to Jerome Holtzman, inventor of the save, and Bruce Sutter, the first fireman used like a 21st-century closer, Chicago is quite literally the birthplace of the modern reliever. So it seems almost tiresome that in the Windy City, baseball news over the last week has been dominated by the vagaries of relief pitching.
Before last Friday's game against the Dodgers, Carlos Marmol sat hunched over in the folding chair in front of his locker, all by himself. No one was talking to the normally happy-go-lucky reliever, or even sitting nearby. We soon learned that Marmol was processing some bad news.
Does White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper know something about injury prevention that no one else does?
A piece of ligament made its way from Stephen Strasburg’s left leg to his right elbow on an operating table in Inglewood, California last month, putting a premature end to the pitcher’s exciting debut season. The impact of that operation on the intertwined futures of Strasburg, the Nationals, and the game itself have been discussed and dissected ever since his diagnosis came down, so his role in this article is nearly at an end; we won’t know much more about his prospects until continued healing and rehab hasten his return to a major-league mound.
Although Strasburg has temporarily exited the stage, a bit player in the Strasburg saga deserves another scene. Two days after Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled July 27 start with shoulder stiffness, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooperappeared on Sirius/XM’s MLB Network Radio to discuss the injury’s significance, and wasn’t coy about his feelings.
Some of the things Baseball Prospectus' resident injury expert ponders on a daily basis.
In the last 24 hours, I've had three men I really respect discuss three topics with me. One asked about pain and baseball. Another asked about the dangers of wall vs. player collisions. The last one asked about the cost of injuries. This is a bit of a change of pace for UTK, but it's all related, so I wanted to share the type of things I think about on a day-to-day basis.
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The trio atop the NL Central have their strengths, but also their differing chinks in their armor.
At the outset of the season, the Cubs were forecast to be the National League's best team, but they've endured a litany of injuries and a few key underperformances. At this writing, they sit in fourth place in the NL Central, playing .500 ball (30-30) and trailing the division-leading Brewers by 3½ games. Earlier this week, our staff turned their attention to what's wrong in Wrigleyville and where the Cubs go from here. In today's edition of "Pair Up in Threes," we examine the trio of contenders above them, a crowd that should make for a fair share of Midwestern mayhem over the course of the rest of the season.
An in-depth discussion about mechanics with the motion analysis coordinator and coach of the National Pitching Association.
Pitching is both an art and a science, and from youth leagues to the big leagues, so is the challenge of keeping pitchers healthy. The National Pitching Association (NPA) is on the cutting edge of research and instruction on all three fronts, and many of their concepts are shared in their forthcoming book, Arm Action, Arm Path, and the Perfect Pitch: a Science-Based Guide to Pitching Health and Performance. David talked to the NPA's motion analysis coordinator and coach, Doug Thorburn.
Will the latest steroid revelations launch MLB back into a reactionary witch hunt, or push it forward towards further progress?
When Troy Glaus signed with the D'backs for four years and $45 million, he was actually taking a one-year pay cut. He'd made $9 million in the last year of his deal with the Angels that had bought out his arbitration years, and although he'd been an All-Star the season before, he'd also spent the better part of two seasons injured. I said this about him heading into free agency:
Will lets us know what's in store for the Team Health Reports this year, as he details a few important changes in the way the rankings are computed.
Teams have long done this, either in an organized manner or on an ad hoc basis. With each signing and spring training physical, teams take a look at their situation and determine value, their lineup construction, and weaknesses. Where some teams avoid risk, some contain it and some take the gamble knowing that it's their best chance of winning.
The American Sports Medicine Institute kicks off its 22nd annual "Injuries in Baseball" course Jan. 29 in Orlando. Today we continue from Part I of our discussion with ASMI's Smith and Nephew Chair of Research, Dr. Glenn Fleisig.
Baseball Prospectus: Do teams tend to send more major league pitchers or minor leaguers? What are some of the differences between the two groups?