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When he first arrived [in college], he was an unlikely candidate to pitch collegiate baseball at all; he was so overweight and out of shape that his conditioning coach nicknamed him "Slothburg" and encouraged him to quit baseball. He also had a difficult time adjusting to college life, moving out of his dormitory and in with his mother after five days
It also, IMO, shows that a veteran pitcher who can give you 30-33 starts every year of league average innings is worth a lot more money than they are often given credit for.
arland was a good example - from 2002-2010, he started between 32 and 35 games every season. His ERA+ for that nine-year period was 105. During that nine year period, he made a total of about $46 million, or a little over $5 million/yr., on average.
If they put him on the DL then they can't start him back up for fear of breaking him. At least that's what I heard. So it's shut him down for the year or have him pitch through an oblique strange. It's a real conundrum. I wonder if shutting him down for the year resets his inning limit for next year.
I loved watching Derek Lowe pitch on the Red Sox...the best pitch-to-contact non-knuckleballer of his generation.
What exactly was there to rebut? If I remember correctly the studies showed that pitchers that weren't as carefully handled as Strasburg rarely got reinjured the next year.
1 out of 8 major leaguers or 1 out of every 8 players that get the surgery counting high school, college, minor leagues and so forth?
Who are the major league pitchers that tore their UCL, got the surgery, then tore the UCL again the next year and were finished?
If it's 2 out of 16, or 3 out of 24, osomething, we should probably ignore it.
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