By Bryan Jeon
His name is Mike Marshall. He is 64 years old and a Cy Young award winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974, when he set major league records for games pitched in one season (106), relief innings pitched (208 1/3) and consecutive games for a pitcher (13). He earned his Ph. D. in exercise physiology four years later and in the 30 years since, has studied and experimented endlessly to say with confidence that he can eradicate all pitching-related injuries on anybody.
He claims he suggested fellow teammate Tommy John‘s rehab regimen following his eponymous surgery, exercising with an iron ball to allow him to pitch for another 14 seasons. He wishes he could get that same opportunity to work with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, two young stars that haven’t been able to enjoy their talent in the major leagues due to injury-plagued careers.
So how should one really throw, Doc? He says to remove the leg kick, as it’s all in the motion of the arm. Marshall’s theory: Apply all force toward home plate instead of wasting it laterally with complicated wind-ups.
Much easier said than done, as the precision in the motion is vital and seemingly awkward for the viewer. Velocity is said to increase, and curveballs more wicked than ever. Nevertheless, he sits waiting for the uninterested MLB teams to change their minds to allow Marshall to be able to work with major league players to fix mechanical injuries in this revolutionary motion without surgery. I only wish some bad clubs like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Kansas City Royals would allow Doc to operate on pitchers who have nothing going for them like Casey Fossum and Odalis Perez. What do they have to lose?
Anyway, check out the video in the article if you’re a huge baseball fanatic, are just in awe of such study or want to be one of the first to see this motion possibly implemented in the game in the future.
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