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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
while doing the rockies article i started to think about pitching, and how to succeed in colorado. that led me on a web search that ended up at dr mike marshall's page.
i'd seen the page before, liked what he was talking about, and gone on and forgotten about it and enjoyed baseball.
but i can't forget about it anymore.
pitching, the way it's done in the major leagues, causes terrible arm injuries, leading to pain and loss of function. i don't think anyone disagrees with that.
but it doesn't have to be that way.
mike marshall has developed a pitching delivery that does not cause injury. not only that, but it is more effective than the delivery currently in use.
mike marshall won the cy young award in 1974 when he threw 208 innings in relief for the los angeles dodgers, striking out 143 with a 2.42 era. he also has a phd in kinesiology, which is the science of human body movement.
no one in baseball is listening to him, but they're gonna have to when 10, 12, and 14 year-olds of today start coming up to the pros and outpitching those with traditional mechanics. not only that but they can pitch every day. they don't need rest because they don't hurt their arms.
i just hope he's around to see it. mike marshall is a hero, and by working to eliminate suffering, he's making the world a better place. until his goals are realized, the game i love will bring me sadness.
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