Once again I was able to listen to Dave DeMarco, Lansing talks how host interview former Cy Young Award winner, Dr. Mike Marshall. Once again Marshall, now in his 70s went off on Dr. Andrews, Tom Verducci, and former Texas pitching coach Tom House.
Marshall, who holds a Doctorate in Kinesiology, claims that most of the surgeries for elbow ligaments, can be avoided through excessive, strengthening muscles and slight adjustments to pitching motions. DeMarco asked him about Tigers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer and Dr. Marshall said that Verlander's motion is healthy and that he should be able to pitch for a very long time. He said that Max has a nice healthy motion with "downward pendulum" on most of his pitches but that his breaking ball motion could be problematic.
I know that Baseball views Marshall as a flake from his time as a character in Ball Four and they have always been pissed at him for his involvement with the Players Association, but to me if he is on to something that may work why not try it. There is virtually no cost and Marshall's program can keep a young player from surgery why not try it.
Marshall claims that he was essentially out of Baseball until he changed his motion and worked on an individual program. And as we all know he went on to become the premier relief pitcher of his day. It obviously worked for him.
But guys like writer Tom Verducci claim it is because kids pitch too much when they are very young. Marshall made the point that what happens when you are a child has very little to do with adult ligaments, muscles, and structure. He says that ALL damaged arms come from unnatural pitching motions and until young pitchers adapt a muscle strengthening regiment as well as a change to the pitching motion, Dr. Andrews is going to continue to cut.
I would very much like our resident Physical Therapist to look at Marshall's program. This seams pretty simple to me and if I had a million dollar arm, or if I owned a guy that had a million dollar arm I sure would like to try Dr. Mike Marshall's ideas.