by Buzz Bissinger, NY Times, June 3, 2007 appeared in the NYT Play Magazine section:
(Buzz Bissinger is also the author of "Friday Night Lights" and "Three Nights in August")
After reading this article that reviews the tragic history of Kerry Wood's career and slim prospect of ever pitching again in MLB, I again am reminded of Dr. Mike Marshall's "injurious free" scientific-based approach to pitching that is largely rejected by MLB, as well as so-called experts in mechanics like Tom House (Mark Prior's early pitching "guru").
According to this article, there is plenty of "blame" to go around - too much to believe that Kerry Wood will ever find himself fulfilling his hope and promise to return to MLB pitching.
Even Dusty Baker is cited as having raised early concerns about Kerry Wood's mechanics, with the Cubs organization ignoring his concern. The "killer" story for me involved Steve Stone's talk with Andy McPhail, in which he clearly predicts future surgeries and significant DL time; and Andy McPhail (according to the author) does not recall Steve Stone's warnings/conversation!
Is there any doubt that the Cubs need new ownership/management, and MLB needs to begin exploring the existing science of pitching mechanics?! Apparently financial waste is an accepted practice with many MLB teams; however, the tragedy of crushing and debilitating pain, suffering, and emotional distress to promising pitching prospects should not be part of their money formula, especially when this is preventable!