ARGUING AGAINST THE KNIFE

Ulnar collateral ligament reconstructions, also known as Tommy John surgery.  The first was in 1974, thank you to  the remarkable Dr. Franklin Jobe whose patient was indeed Tommy John.  When Dr. Jobe did the surgery back then, he projected about a 1 in 100 chance of...

HERBERT JEFEFRIS PENNOCK

Some will tell you that the 1927 New York Yankees, you know the ones with “murderer’s row”, remain the greatest baseball team of all time.  The moniker murderer’s row describes the first six hitters in the lineup: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe...

SECRECY AND SUBVERSION

“Is this the class about how to throw a curveball?” “Yes, you’re in the right room.” “But, well, what’s with this secrecy and subversion stuff?” “You want to throw a curveball, and try to make sure the batter is...

WHIFFING IN 2018

Might Casey-itis?  Is that what this is? In August 2018, the New York Times wrote: “This could be the first season in major league history to feature more strikeouts than hits, a slowdown that worries many league officials. Thirty years ago, batters compiled...