The Final Three, Stubby Checks In, Babied Pitchers?

After avoiding a four-game sweep at the hands of the West Michigan Whitecaps Friday night, the TinCaps return home tonight to open a regular season-ending three-game series against Great Lakes, which very well may be their first-round playoff opponent. The Loons currently trail the Bowling Green Hot Rods by 1.5 games for the second-half crown. If the Loons win two out of three, or all three games here in Fort Wayne, the could ascend to first place.

The TinCaps, having qualified in the first half as the wild card, play the second-half champion in the first round.

Tonight’s first pitch is at 7:05, and you can catch the game on XFINITY 81 and The Fan 1380 or


Prior to Friday night’s series finale at West Michigan, I chatted with TinCaps shortstop Tyler Stubblefield. We talked about his season, as he went from Padres farmhand, to indy-ball guy, then back to Padres farmhand, his role in the locker room, and how he thinks the team looks right now:



Former Wizards pitcher Dirk Hayhurst has a good column up on about the debate on what it takes to keep pitchers’ arms healthy. The “new school” approach seems to be innings limits, scientific research and careful monitoring of health. The “old school” approach from the “back in my day” camp, comes off, at least to Hayhurst, as wrong at best and ignorant at worst.

“I hate when old warhorses say the best way to prevent injuries to players today is to have them go back in time and do what the players of old did. Then, to prove their point, they highlight all the old-timers who threw mindboggling amounts of innings compared to today’s totals, and did it simply because they threw a lot, and always threw a lot.

Bull. The reasons these old-timers threw a ton of innings is because they were genetic freaks, pure and simple. Throwing is an unnatural motion. It’s going to cause some guys to get hurt faster, or get hurt more severely than others. But, in the end, throwing always hurts you.

When I had my medical screening upon coming to the Blue Jays, I was told that ALL pitchers have damaged arms from throwing. Every. Single. One.

Why? Because the process breaks your arm down. Humans are not meant to throw a ball overhand, let alone as hard as professional pitchers do it, for as long as they do it. Throw long enough to get the pros and you have damage. The only questions are, how long can you do it, and how much damage can you take?

Back in Tom Seaver’s day — A day that started before Tommy John surgery was even a thing; when medication for pain was high-proof booze, repeated cortisone injections, Butazolidin and codeine (Koufax took the stuff in the fifth inning); when hundreds of bodies were brought into spring training and, if they broke, were sent home because there was no way to fix them — baseball was different. Different as in medically ignorant, not different as in full of real men and not little babies.”


The Black Keys…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.


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