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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It's such a basic rule of thumb.
Yet it was violated, breaking Justin Verlander, my favorite pitcher.
JV's the pitcher I tell pitchers to study and emulate, if not copy.
Or, well, he used to be.
2020 May 8
So what happened?
Why did Verlander have Triceps problems?
In 2015 and 2020?
Why does Verlander now need Tommy John Surgery?
The answer can be found in my tweets.
2020 March 6
And in the Conventional Wisdom about pitching mechanics.
What Happened: Verlander
After coming off of a Cy Young season in 2019, Justin Verlander was told by a pitching instructor named Ron Wolforth that he needed to change his pitching mechanics — to become more consistent with the Conventional Wisdom about pitching mechanics — if he was going to last.
Wldorth's rationale was that JV had a flaw called Forearm Flyout that he had to fix if he wanted to keep pitching beyond 40 years of age.
The problem is that was a complete misdiagnosis.
And, generally, a TERRIBLE idea.
And I said as much, starting in November 2019.
I immediately noticed those changes in March 2020.
Completely predictably, that led to arm problems.
Verlander & Duffey
The change was initiated by an instructor named Ron Wolforth, who has the ear of Verlander, and who thought JV did the same thing as Tyler Duffey.
So Wolforth told JV he needed to change before he broke.
The problem is Wolforth's analysis was — obvously — flawed.
As a result, Wolforth moved Verlander from an ideal pattern to a problematic one. A problematic pattern that is entirely consistent with the Conventional Wisdom about pitching mechanics.
The same Conventional Wisdom that explains why modern pitchers throw harder but can't stay healthy.
As a direct result.
Verlander vs. Duffey
Justin Verlander's arm problems start with Ron Wolforth and his concept of (Pitching) Forearm Flyout, which Wolforth illustrates using Tyler Duffey of the Twins.
Wolforth a few years ago diagnosed Verlander with (Pitching) Forearm Flyout and prescribed the Connection Ball as the cure.
Justin Verlander Using a
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