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Saturday, August 28, 2010
 
Stephen Strasbourg

“The player was developed and cared for in the correct way, and things like this happen,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “Pitchers break down, pitchers get hurt and we certainly are not second-guessing ourselves. … Frustrated? Yes. But second-guessing ourselves? No.”


This is incorrect. Pitchers break down because they throw wrong, and I'm not talking about overhand. It is possible to throw overhand without injury, as proven by Dr. Mike Marshall. Once a pitcher throws right, the key to avoiding injury is to build up strength, which comes from exercising the muscles.

Pitchers of today are kept from throwing because throwing tears their ligaments. The more they throw, the more they tear. Not throwing means they fail to build up strength, which means they pitch tired, which makes them more susceptible to injury.

It is past time that Major League Baseball recognizes this and fixes it.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
 
Kila Ka'aihue
This guy has talent. The Royals are idiots for burying him in the minors. He has the correct approach at the plate, walking a ton; he has decent power, and makes decent contact. This is the kind of player that wins games.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=kaaihu001mic

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