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Denny McLain — of all people — rips Joe Nathan for having dead arm

Apr 11, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Denny McLain

This is about as friggin’ rich as it gets. Former Tiger pitcher Denny McLain went on talk radio and ripped the current Tigers closer Joe Nathan for battling with a case of dead arm recently:

McLain joined Fred Heumann on Mad Dog in the Morning Thursday and ripped into Nathan.

“What the hell is a dead arm? Can you tell me please?” asked McLain, baseball’s last 30-game winner.

“Get a shot of cortisone, put a little dirt on it, Joe, kick yourself in the ass and get out there. I am tired of excuses. Everybody’s got an excuse in this game today. Get dressed, go play. They’re paying you tens of millions of dollars to play the game and you want to come up with a dead arm?”

Denny McLain was basically washed up after he turned 25 years old, in part due to his off-the-field foolishness, but mostly because of severe arm trouble. Arm trouble that was exacerbated, it was reported, by excessive cortisone injections. He was completely out of baseball by age 29. Or, when he was ten years younger than Nathan is now.

Nathan is only 13 years younger than McLain was when he was convicted of of embezzlementmail fraud, and conspiracy for raiding the pension fund of the meat-packing company he and his buddies bought.

(thanks to Mark Armour for the heads up)

  1. baseballisboring - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Rubbing dirt on things doesn’t help

    • RickyB - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Obviously you haven’t tried the dirt from the Delaware River. With a little water you have a great (legal) substance to rub on the ball to get rid of the slickness!

  2. realgone2 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    blogging about nothing I see.

  3. happytwinsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    in 1968, his 31-6 year, and this is probably partly the fault of the tigers, mcclain had a dead arm by the time they got to the world series making it necessary for lolich to save the day by going games two, five and beating bob gibson in game seven.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      …Mclain also started 3 World Series games, giving up 1 run in a complete game victory in Game 6.

      That’s one hell of a dead arm.

      • jkcalhoun - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        What is 1 run in 1968 equivalent to in 2001 runs?

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        okay tired arm. he just didn’t have it in games one and four and the reason he was able to pitch game six was because of a short start in game four.

        it was a big disappointment at the time. gibson vs mcclain was supposed to be a classic.

    • Ponsonby_Britt - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      …and pitchers back then worked more frequently, if not harder, than today’s counterparts. #dogfister

  4. yahmule - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    He’s a disgusting lowlife, but my biggest criticism is for the imbecile who gave him a forum.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      he turned out to have a, ahem, less than stellar personal life, but did you know that in 1968 there were denny mcclain for president bumper stickers all over the place in michigan.

      • yahmule - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        Understandable, but his actions since 1968 make him a person who should be shunned, not solicited for opinions by one of the 500 no talent goobs calling himself Mad Dog in the Morning.

  5. Matthew Pouliot - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    McClain is awfully jealous he didn’t earn tens of millions to gamble away and still end up the same bitter SOB he is now.

    • weaselpuppy - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      heh, that’s a pretty good zinger. Well played sir.

  6. jayquintana - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    The guy who never did anything wrong, despite the convictions, is tired of hearing excuses. Okay.

  7. lifer124 - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    I’m sure he could pitch with his arm the way it is, but he wouldn’t be 100% and would probably get rocked. Then the same guy would be moaning about how Joe Nathan is pitching poorly and might be hurt or something.

  8. drewsylvania - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    McClain is a mess. This isn’t news.

  9. gonderfan - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Denny McLain, Denny McLain,
    There’s never been any
    Like Denny

    (hope I’m remembering it right after a few too many decades)

  10. schke - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Who cares who said it? I happened to agree w/ it.

  11. musicman495 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Thankfully, there is only one Dennis Dale McLain.

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