Not sure if anyone else tonight caught the Tigers - Indians game on ESPN? About halfway through the game, a discussion surfaced from the ESPN announcers about the epidemic in MLB of an increase in Tommy John surgeries this year....20 to date since Spring training.
The on-field reporter, Tim Kurkjian, made mention that many persons around the League had many different views on this. But one thing that EVERYONE seems to agree on is that it starts at the youth level when the kids are 12 or so and they do too much pitching and not enough throwing. Kids now only play baseball and do it, for the most part, year round. Instead, they felt that kids need to play a second sport and take a break from baseball.
The announcers also talked about the League contemplating possibly lowering the mounds to help with the present situation of the excessive number of Tommy John surgeries. Lowering of the mounds hasn't been done since 1969.
I found it interesting to listen to this as the conversation lasted a good portion of a 1/2 inning. Thought it was worth mentioning on the forum here.
"But one thing that EVERYONE seems to agree on is that it starts at the youth level when the kids are 12 or so and they do too much pitching and not enough throwing."
Rings true to be regarding the age of onset what with open growth plates. But, back to my old position, the problem is excessive pitching over the long haul allowing for more poor technique that stresses the medial epicondyle.