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Despite the introduction of pitching limits in youth baseball, pitching injuries that require surgery are increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. What are the main reasons behind this continuing rise. Serious pitching injuries now occur 16 times more often than 30 years ago. A study was conducted of over 750 pitchers ages…

The Los Angeles Dodgers' young star right fielder Yasiel Puig is certainly one of the most exciting baseball prospects to emerge in the MLB right now, but his constant antics and shady past may greatly hinder his potential success in the sport. While many people know about his Cuban background, what has recently come to…

The world of major league baseball is very competitive. Players need to be at the top of their game in order to keep their place on the team. For pitchers the most common injuries include torn ligaments in the elbow or the rotator cuff. Fielders on the other hand are more likely to suffer from…

Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have been around as long as competitive sports. History shows that since the early 1900s, Olympic athletes have been mixing their own concoctions that they believed would enhance their athletic performance. A near-lethal mixture of brandy and strychnine was used by an Olympic marathon runner in 1904. By 1928 the International…

There are many different ways of measuring a pitcher's effectiveness. Earned Run Average is a popular method, as is walks + hits divided by innings pitched (WHIP). While those may carry some weight for baseball fans, they do not necessarily have much merit for baseball bettors, who are solely concerned with which team wins the…

Upon hearing the news on April 12 of former Major League catcher Hal Smith's death, baseball fans of the late 1950s and early 1960s probably replied; "Which Hal Smith?" There were two Hal Smiths playing in the Major Leagues doing that time. Both were catchers. One became an All Star while the other had a…

When the Western Districtions Tee Ball league was formed in the mid-1970's in Brisbane, Tee Ball, as a sport, was almost unknown. So the league needed to produce a document explaining how the game was played to develop interest among locals to have their children join the league and play the game. What follows is…