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To make $12M+ through age 25 is absolutely fantastic money.
Setting aside all the hullabaloo about perfect motions and injury-proof what-not, Prior just looked so natural pitching. Balanced, easy - almost lackadaisical. In fact, when he gave up hits - it almost seemed like his motion had lulled him to sleep, so he'd have to wake up and bear down on the next pitch.
It was a magical season. It really felt like the Cubs had found "our" Seaver, "our" Clemens, "our" Doc Gooden....
My wife and I went to Wrigley Field to see his massively hyped debut, and he was awesome.
I don't know... up to age 23, Pedro had a 8.8 K/9, 0.7 HR/9 and 7.0 H/9.
Maddux -- and I'll even exclude his dreadful 1987 and just give him his 1988 and 1989 -- had a 3.0 BB/9 and 1.69 K/BB.
Prior through his age 23 season had 10.68 K/9, 0.8 HR/9, 7.7 H/9, 2.4 BB.9, and 4.45 K/BB
Well, this is hardly the best way to look at it.
What's a better way?
Despite all the studies and spreadsheets and words and anti-Dusty screeds, neither they nor anyone else has the slightest ####### clue why pitchers break.
What's a better way?
Come on. This is easy. If you're trying to say that someone had the "control of Maddux," you don't look at Maddux at age 23, you look at him when he had the best control any of us have ever seen. You might as well say that Prior had the the longevity of Jamie Moyer.
I think an age 23 comparison is perfectly valid.... I even excluded Maddux's age 21 season when he clearly wasn't ready. By the end of age 23 - Maddux was already one of the best young pitchers in baseball, was already being lauded for his command, and was well on his way to becoming "Greg Maddux".
It's a nonsense comparison. Unless you are suggesting that we should assume that Prior would improve to the same extent that Maddux did, which is a nonsense assertion.
If he's over 10 years he'll collect about $100,000 annually in pension benefits and he has health care for life.
how much do mlb players pay in union dues to get this?
As a San Diegan I had great pride in local boy Prior and hoped to see him blaze across the major league sky like a bright star.
It didn't quite work out that way.
Prior is considering a position in the San Diego Padres’ front office.
Can't remember where I read it, but I also recall reading that pitchers who threw more 3/4 or even sidearm tended to be more durable, and this was perfectly logical because physiologically, it's easier on the key body parts of a pitcher than a straight overhand motion.
Christy Matthewson wrote about precisely that a century ago -- the idea that a pitcher must learn to when to crank it up and more often, when to hold it back.
Mark Mulder is making a noises about a comeback.
Yeah, that worked a century ago.
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