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There will be a two-hour special on Tommy John injuries on MLB Network Radio tonight

Jul 17, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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There is so much awful, brain-dead sports radio out there that when good sports radio comes along we should embrace it with both arms and hug it so it never goes away. There will be some good sports radio tonight at 6pm on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209).

It’ll be a two-hour special examining the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in baseball called “The Year of the Elbow.” Host Mike Ferrin — who is one of the best in the business — will interview with leading doctors, coaches and others in the course of an in-depth look at UCL injuries and discuss what steps can be taken to prevent them. Guests include Dr. James Andrews, Dodgers’ Stan Conte, who is widely seen as the best trainer in the business, legendary pitching coaches Leo Mazzone and Dave Duncan, Marlins manager Mike Redmond, former big league pitching coach Rick Peterson and many others.

Some highlights:


If you have Sirius/XM you should definitely check it out.

  1. chip56 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Thanks for the warning. Two hours of doctors and pitching coaches sounds like a cure for insomnia.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Is this going to be like those “Search for Nessie” or “UFO’s Explained” where they hook you in and in the end, tell you, “well, we will keep looking for answers”?

    Because that would suck.

    • chip56 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      I mean the answer seems pretty obvious…players today are in the weight room more than ever and not as focused on flexibility and stretching so ligaments are tight to begin with. Plus they’re throwing a greater variety of pitches than they used to which put additional strain on the elbow.

      Best way to fix it (I would think) would be to change work out routines away from weight training and return to an era of throwing mostly fastballs and changeups rather than sliders and splitters.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Yeah, why listen do “doctors” and “biomechanical specialists” that have experience and knowledge, when you already know the answer?

      • chip56 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        I didn’t say I knew the answer – I said it seems pretty obvious based on my own amateur observations about how the game has changed over the last 20 years.

        Right or wrong it still seems like a god awful way to spend 120 minutes of my life.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        Yeah, it does have the potential to be a little tedious and repetitive. Depends on how they go about it. Two hours seems more time than is necessary to explain current theories and give examples.

        Hopefully, someone will provide a bullet point summary of the take home messages.

      • The Rabbit - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        If you actually are interested and want the handout with bullet points, “Hardball Times” did some serious research on the subject.
        It was published online within the past few weeks.
        I expect a lot of what was covered there will be rehashed in this program.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Thanks Rabbit, I’ll take a look.

  3. philliesblow - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    “The Year of the Elbo.”

    I realize not everyone was a fan of the president prior to the current one, but to eliminate the letter “W” form elbow is going a bit too far.

    • philliesblow - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM


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