The Arm

The Arm

Inside the Billion-dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports

Book - 2016
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"Yahoo|s lead baseball columnist offers an in-depth look at the most valuable commodity in sports|the pitching arm|and how its vulnerability to injury is hurting players and the game, from Little League to the majors. Every year, Major League Baseball spends more than $1.5 billion on pitchers|five times more than the salary of every NFL quarterback combined. Pitchers are the game|s lifeblood. Their import is exceeded only by their fragility. One tiny band of tissue in the elbow, the ulnar collateral ligament, is snapping at unprecedented rates, leaving current big league players vulnerable and the coming generation of baseball-playing children dreading the three scariest words in the sport: Tommy John surgery."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062400369
0062400363
Branch Call Number: 796.357 PASSAN
796.3576
Characteristics: viii, 357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Nov 15, 2016

Passan's extensive research and superb ability to connect with those in the baseball industry produces a definitive resource on all things pitching-arm related. At times the book can feel like many articles combined together, but the chapters on Daniel Hudson and Todd Coffey help tie everything together and add an important human element. Definitely a book meant for baseball fans, but definitely one that all fans should read to better understand why their favourite pitcher might've just gone down with another arm injury.

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