Originally Posted by M2
Well, it's pretty much everyone who throws a splitter outside of Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling who eventually winds up going under the knife.
IIRC, that's part of why the splitter never quite became the pitch of the future after Bruce Sutter. Aside from all the major leaguers who burned out quickly throwing it, a lot of kids who threw it were surgical casualties (Kiki Jones was one if memory serves, did Mike Smith throw one?, can't remember off the top of my head). I'd have to dig around for sources on it, but the splitter went out of vogue at the HS and college levels because kids were breaking too often.
Could that be why the Forkball, essentially a slower version of the splitter, has never caught on as well?
And maybe we'll have to start a pitches thread, but given Carlos Guevara's success as essentially a one trick pony, I am stunned why more guys don't teach the screwball anymore - it's just a reverse 2 seamer but it seems to give everyone at the lower level fits.