I follow the logic…I understand the theory…I still don’t see anyone putting a name out there and attaching a specific injury to it within a certain reasonable timeframe…
It’s always , “well you know that delivery is going to kill his arm.”
And I don’t share the conviction that GM’s shy away from pitcher’s with deliveries that “put stress on the arm.” It’s about whether they get batters out or not. The salary is just an after thought. Zumaya’s salary for the 2010 year is $915,000 according to ESPN.go.com. He was an 11th round draft pick with 319 guys picked before him.
Contract Year Salary Contract Year Salary
2006 $327,000 2007 $410,000
2008 $420,000 2009 $735,000
The Detroit Tigers team is currently valued at around 400 million dollars. I don’t think MLB teams use the science of mechanical analysis like insurance companies use actuarial sciences to determine premiums. Zumaya’s salary is a drop in the bucket.
Don Cooper actually seems to contradict himself in my opinion. He claims you can “maximize their ability…maximize their strength, their fastballs, their pitches.” “And two and probably more important for parents…is you are going to minimize the chances of injury.” Sounds like a sales pitch to me.
Now lets apply this to Zumaya…if indeed he has been performing with mechanics that enhanced his chances of injury…then by Don Cooper’s standard he could have learned proper mechanics that would have made him stronger, had him throwing faster and better pitches. Duh? I see an AFLAC duck in my midst…
“Johnny Jones is doing something wrong that’s putting stress and pressure on certain parts of his arm”…like…maybe throwing a 100 mph fastball???
And…if we just listen to Don Cooper and go to his pitching camp…our son will be able to stay in the game.
Don’t get me wrong. I adhere to a belief that there are good sound fundamental pitching mechanics that are time proven. There are good instructors out there and they will tell you not only how to make a good technical delivery but how to keep your body in shape, your shoulder and elbow strong and your mental game sharp. But I hate to see any one pitcher held up as an example of how not to do it just because he had a tragic injury because there is only one person who knows why that elbow snapped and it’s not Don Cooper.