Debate: Are fastballs now considered more stressful on youth arms??

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Could the curve be a safer alternative? I'm not convinced.

Just got done reading the article in the NY Times that stating the findings of an independent study that concluded curveballs may be safer for youth pitchers than fastballs.  The study took place in 2 labs in Connecticut and Alabama and it was found that throwing curveballs is less stressful than throwing fastballs.

Glenn Fleisig, the chairman of research at the American Sports Medicine Institute, states, “I don’t think throwing curveballs at any age is the factor that is going to lead to an injury.” Very interesting stuff considering we’ve been taught for over 40 years that curveballs are dangerous.  I guess research has come a long way since then, but some aren’t convinced, including noted Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. James Andrews.  Dr. Andrews cautions that the studies were done in a lab and not under game conditions, which because of the lack of fatigue in performing the pitches, could still mean curves are dangerous under stress.  He states, “I just operated on one kid this morning.  At age 12, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in two. His travel ball coach called 30-something curveballs in a row. He became fatigued. Then he threw one that snapped his elbow.

I happen to agree with Dr. Andrews on this one.  Although he never says the study is wrong and should be thrown out, he does caution that more needs to be studied before coming out and saying that curves are dangerous.  Personally, I have pitched before and been around many players who have felt the stress the curveball has on the arm.  I still feel that the fastball and change-up is the way to go when teaching a youngster how to pitch.  What do you all think??

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Update: Bernazard Fired By Mets, Minaya clashes with reporter

"Next time you'll write about me and try and take my job!!"

"You wanna dance Adam?!"

Last week we wrote about the tirade that Mets’ VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard went on in the Binghamton Mets’ clubhouse.  Well, Tony got the can today and I’ll say it’s one of the smarter moves the Mets have made, although it was also a no brainer.  But in typical Mets fashion more controversy arose after it was reported that, at this afternoon’s press conference, GM Omar Minaya verbally attacked reporter Adam Rubin, who broke the story about the Binghamton mess.  Minaya claimed that Rubin “wrote stories to try to get Bernazard fired so he could take his job.” Rubin went on to call Minaya “despicable” for making that claim and made Minaya look stupid.  Way to go Omar.  You couldn’t resist the temptation of the front office going a full day without a senseless, idiotic comment.

Michael Vick Reinstated

"Gotta wait 4 more games.  Woof."

"Gotta wait 4 more games. Woof."

Michael Vick was officially reinstated into the NFL earlier today after being suspended indefinitely for his role in an illegal dogfighting ring. Under the terms of the conditional reinstatement, put together by commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick will be allowed to sign with any team, participate in pre-season workouts and meetings and also be allowed to participate in the final two pre-season games. The catch in all of this is that Vick, who already served his 23 month prison sentence, will be suspended for the first 4 games of the season and be eligible to play in week 6 of this season. According to a source close to Vick, he was said to be “shocked” over the ruling that he be suspended for the beginning of the season.

Earlier this week rumors floated around that commissioner Goodell would suspend Vick for 4 games, but some were unsure whether or not he would actually follow through with it. Bills Wide Receiver Terrell Owens disagreed with further suspending Vick by saying, “I don’t think it’s really fair for him to be suspended four more games. It’s almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground.” T.O. followed up those comments by adding, “There’s a number of guys around the league that have done far more worse things than that and gotten a second chance. So I don’t see why he shouldn’t.

I think this is the first time that I would actually have to agree with Terrell Owens. It does seem rather ridiculous that Vick will be suspended for the first 4 games of this year. Vick served his time for the crime and I truly believe he should be allowed to resume his football career immediately. Is there really a message being sent here by suspending him for 4 more games? I think not. If he hasn’t learned his lesson by now after being in jail for nearly 2 years, what good will 4 more games do. The NFL might as well have him playing and sell a few more jerseys.

Report: Cards Acquire Holliday from A’s

pujols_hollidayA major deal went down today between the Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals, as Matt Holliday was traded to St. Louis for third baseman Brett Wallace, outfielder Shane Peterson and right-handed pitcher Clay Mortensen.  According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the A’s will also throw in $1.5 million as well.

Holliday has been mediocre so far this season, with a .287/11/54 line, but can you blame him?  He went from a hitter’s paradise at Coors Field to the spacious Oakland Coliseum.  Not to mention that he was the lone bright spot in the dismal A’s lineup.

But what does this move do to the Cardinals who hold a game and a half lead in the NL Central?  To answer that question, it makes them World Series Contenders.  I know, I know, the Dodgers are running away with the NL and have the Manny Ramirez’s of the world, but hear me out.  The Cards already have one of the best 1-2 punches at the top of the rotation with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright.  They also have Joel Pineiro (3.09 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) and Kyle Lohse (4.21 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) at the back of their rotation, who are more than capable in the NL.  Now they add Holliday to a lineup that already has the best player in the game in it, and wow, what a huge difference.  Having Holliday bat behind Albert Pujols at least gives the pitchers something to think about when they face the MVP.  Throw in Ryan Ludwick, who has batted near .400 this month, and Mark DeRosa behind Holliday, and all of a sudden the Cards have one of the bestlineup’s in the game.  I guess Cards’ GM John Mozeliak learned a thing or two from Walt Jocketty all those years.  Great move for the Cards, look for them to take off in the central from this point on.

The Incredible Tony

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"Argg!!"

I hate to have 2 of the first 3 posts be about the New York Mets, but this is too good to be true.  News surfaced today that the Mets VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard challenged minor leaguers on the Binghamton Mets to a fight after going on a 10 minute post game rampage in the clubhouse.

According to an ESPN report, Bernazard, “pulled off his shirt and challenged the Double-A Binghamton Mets in the tirade, about 10 days before the All-Star break. He in particular targeted middle infield prospect Jose Coronado.”  Someone get Vince McMahon on the phone, you can’t make this stuff up.

I thought things couldn’t get much worse  for the Mets and their front office, but I was wrong.  First the Wilpons anger fans by announcing that they would be lowering the payroll after moving into a brand new stadium.  Then, later this season, Omar Minaya releases a statement saying that Jose Reyes had been running on the field during his rehab, only to have Reyes tell the media that he could barely walk without a limp.  And now you have Bernazard causing a ruckus up in Binghamton because the players he’s supposed to develop stink.  Way to go Tony, you’re officially the jerk of the week.

Mets Reject Potential Deal for Halladay

dwright_johan_holdingSo, yesterday I learned that the Mets rejected a deal for Roy Halladay that would’ve included Fernando Martinez, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell and Ruben Tejada.  Now I know that the Mets’ farm system is completely thin, but isn’t this team built to win now?  Yes, they have been hit extremely hard by injuries (Delgado, Reyes, Beltran, etc.), but all indications are these players will all be back at some point this season.  Why not bring in another Ace like Halladay to try and stay afloat until the stars come back??  Plus they can probably ask the Jays to throw in a bat like Vernon Wells and even eat some of his contract.  Did I also mention that acquiring Halladay keeps him away from the rival Phils as well??

This deal seems to solve some problems the Mets have right now.  Wells plays center then shifts to left when Beltran returns.  Halladay slides behind Santana, giving the Mets the best 1-2 punch in all of baseball.  Then in a perfect world, Reyes, Delgado and Putz return and boom the Mets win the NL East!!  Easier said then done, but probably worth the risk at this point for the Amazin’s.

Erin Andrews Done Dirrrtyyyy

 

"Hmm, I knew that giant hole in the wall was weird."

"Hmm, I knew that giant hole in the wall was suspicious."

Last week, a short 5 minute clip of ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews leaked onto the net.  The small, grainy video of the blonde beauty was apparently shot through a hole in her hotel room wall.  

 

Her powerful L.A. attorney Marshall Grossman released the following statement about ESPN’s top sideline reporter, “While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent.  She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material.

Wow.  It’d be one thing if Andrews was prancing around naked on a beach in Costa Rica, but for someone to videotape her through a hole in the wall, man that’s messed up.  For all you hot sideline reporters out there…check your hotel for holes.