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  1. 1 minute ago, Chuckles said:

    Marte isn't exactly known for his mental acuity.


    It's not like he was taking a GNC supplement that happened to trigger a hit on the test. Nandrolone is old school steroids. I don't buy the ignorance plea one bit and frankly it makes me even less sympathetic. 

  2. 16 hours ago, JFS179 said:


    To some extent, your argument is the age old nature vs. nurture debate.  While some guys are inherently going to be looser and less susceptible to injury, I think the whole mechanics debate is about making each pitcher the best version of himself.  In this case, that means giving his arm the best chance of holding up to the workload.


    I just go back to one of the greatest pitchers I ever saw throw in Greg Maddux -- looked like he was out there playing a game of catch, and no one could touch him.  Now everyone wants to throw 100, and most guys are only able to do so with extreme, max-effort, arm-straining mechanics... instead of learning how to pitch and how to manipulate the ball and command it exceptionally.


    I'm not saying it's right but we all know there's a lot more demand and potential $$$ for a guy who touches 100 than for someone riding 90-92 with great command. That's just the way the game has gone and if you buy the following assessment, even Maddux knew it back when he was in the minors.



    The funny thing is, he was kind of right. Maddux was never a fireballer, but early in his career he was hitting mid-90s with his fastball. We'd learn later that just wasn't the type of pitcher Maddux was, but in his age-19 season, Maddux knew no one was there to see him outsmart batters with off-speed pitches. (And it's really not that tough to outsmart single-A hitters.) It's no wonder Maddux "ran out of gas" two-thirds of the way through the year. Had he tried to keep up the velocity, Dyer would have been right: Maddux's arm wasn't strong enough to sustain a career.



    I am not at all downplaying the importance of mechanics, my point is effectively whether or not it's possible to grade resiliency in a pitcher, beyond the general "horse/not a horse" assessment anyone with two eyes can figure out.

  3. For me, mechanics aside, the interesting question is whether there is something fundamentally different about the construction or composition of elbows of guys who seem to never get hurt - and if there is, is it possible to detect that same characteristic in a prospect. 


    You might be able to minimize the risk to your elbow by perfecting your mechanics but it may be that some people are literally born with a "rubber arm" and it is a trait that is undervalued/hard to value because you can't predict it. 

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