Corridor of Famer Pedro Martinez blames groups for pitchers’ elbow accidents: ‘Excellent deadly mixture’

The list of pitchers with elbow accidents is quickly rising, and we’re seeing All-Stars fall into what’s now turning into a baseball epidemic.

In line with Spotrac, there are at the moment 43 starting pitchers (and 33 relievers) on the injured checklist with elbow or arm accidents. Among the many starters, they’ve racked up a mixed 30 All-Star nods and 6 Cy Younger Awards.

It is nothing new during the last a number of years, however guys like defending Cy Younger Award winner Gerrit Cole, Framber Valdez, Shane Bieber and Spencer Strider, 4 of one of the best pitchers of this era of baseball, have all hit the shelf throughout the final month – the latter three throughout the final week alone.


Pedro Martinez waves to the crowd

Corridor of Famer Pedro Martinez is launched throughout the Baseball Corridor of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports activities Heart on September 8, 2021, in Cooperstown, New York. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Photographs)

Pedro Martinez, for the majority of his prime, was hardly injured. From 1995 to 2005, he appeared in 30-plus video games eight instances and 29 twice. In fact, he parlayed that into dominance, successful three Cy Younger Awards in a four-year span (he completed second in 1998) and was an eight-time All-Star en path to Cooperstown.

It wasn’t till the back-end of his profession when accidents derailed him – he made simply 34 begins in his remaining three years – however he can see how a lot the pitching philosophy has modified since he took the bump within the Nineties and 2000s.

“When we see so many up and coming MLB pitchers with fewer than 200 innings in the minors, lots of muscle mass, underworked baby ligaments and a team demanding max velo on everything they throw, we’re seeing the perfect lethal combination for arm injury,” the Hall of Famer wrote on X, previously Twitter.

Shane Bieber vs Mariners

Cleveland Guardians beginning pitcher Shane Bieber walks to the dugout after throwing towards the Mariners in Seattle on April 2, 2024. (AP Picture/Lindsey Wasson)


“The analytics department has forced the young kids by pressuring them to have revolution, velocity and spin rate…that’s too much for baby ligaments. When in the minors I focused on working my ligaments; I never lifted heavy weights. Time has changed, and so has training, but if you want to become a pitcher, you should strive to learn the feel for pitching and the knowledge of what to do with the ball rather than throwing hard.”

It wasn’t simply social media the place Martinez gave his opinion, after Tuesday night time’s Padres-Cubs sport on TBS, Martinez continued.

“The sense of urgency that the teams have to make the game younger, to make it quicker, to make it faster in all aspects, I think it’s all taking everything with it,” he mentioned. “I think the young pitchers have been rushed up. They don’t work enough. The ligaments are the ones that hold the arm and maintain the [flexibility] for you to have the trigger points. There’s so many things that you can pinpoint at this point. You can find blemishes all over, and the biggest one is wanting velo at an early age, muscle mass for the young players to be stronger from baby ligaments.”

“You can actually blame the organizations, most of them, for trying to rush those guys up to the big leagues at a younger age where they don’t have the maturity to kind of mess around with the slider or maybe the cutter and pronating those arms. It’s just so many little things that you can think of, so many issues that we have in order for us to correct what’s going on now,” Martinez mentioned.

Spencer Strider downcast

Atlanta Braves beginning pitcher Spencer Strider walks off the sphere throughout the fourth inning in Sport 1 of the NLDS towards the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta on Oct. 7, 2023. (AP Picture/Brynn Anderson)


Valdez was a late scratch this week with an elbow harm; Bieber is out for the remainder of the season (he’s slated to be a free agent after this season); Strider’s standing continues to be to be decided; Cole is predicted again in some unspecified time in the future this summer season as medical doctors noticed no want for surgical procedure.

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