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HBT Daily: Can we do anything to stop the scourge of Tommy John surgeries?

May 13, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

I mean, apart from outlawing orthopedic medicine or something.

  1. thehakko936 - May 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Well, if you want to read some stuff from a former pitcher that says he can prevent it, take a look at He has been largely dismissed as a loon, but he says it is preventable. Take it for what it is worth.

    • chc4 - May 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      It is worth nothing.

    • js20011041 - May 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      I’m sure it’s great for the elbow, but it looks like it would be hell on the shoulder though. It can’t be good to turn your throwing arm into a 1970’s mechanical pitching machine.

  2. gothapotamus90210 - May 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Duct tape pitching machines to pitchers.

  3. hunterbishop2013 - May 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Ban performance-enhancing surgeries (PES). Make it like the old days when if you blew out your arm you’re selling used cars. That’ll stop those whippersnappers trying to throw just like their heroes who make millions.

  4. jimmyt - May 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Raise the mound back up to where it used to be before Bob Gibson sent so many hitters to the bench crying?

  5. raysfan1 - May 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    MLB could sponsor youth leagues with stipulated innings limits for the pitchers.

  6. pitchingmechanicstips - May 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Reblogged this on Pitching Mechanics Tips.

  7. pjmitch - May 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    I just think that most of these guys try to throw as hard as they can on every pitch instead of just “pitching”. You drive anything that hard for a prolonged period of time and you are going to have issues. Imagine pushing your car as fast and hard as you can every time you got into it. You wouldn’t get 30K miles on it

  8. number42is1 - May 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    anyone got a full list of TJS guys from offseason until now?

  9. js20011041 - May 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I’m not sure that there is an answer, other than stop throwing so hard and stop throwing so many pitches. Throwing a baseball has hard as these guys do and as many times as they do simply isn’t what the human body evolved to do.

  10. denny65 - May 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Make ’em pitch underhanded.

    Has that been discussed? No?

  11. Walk - May 14, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Stopping young players from playing year round and not throwing as hard as they can and using their breaking pitches will be nearly impossible to do. They know they have to get as much exposure as they can if they want to progress to the next level. They know they have to impress during that exposure to have the best chance of advancing so they will throw as hard as they can and use their best pitches as often as they can. Pitching like this increases their chances of being seen and making a favorable impression. It also makes it likely they will have arm or shoulder injuries. If they do not play in the leagues all year then it lowers the chances that a gifted athlete will make it into college or the pros and increases the chances they end up with a healthy arm at their day job and on the softball field in years to come.

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