Originally Posted by dougdirt
The guys who couldn't handle the workloads were already weeded out by the time they reached the Majors.
Jim Bouton, Steve Busby, Steve Barber , Joe Coleman all blew their arms out shouldering that load early on in MLB.
Look guys have been blowing their arms out at each age group in every workload scenario since the mound was a 6 foot box and the plate was 45 feet away. It's inevitable in most cases. The blame lies on the existing culture of the game more than on any individual who was connected to the pitcher when he threw the ball.
Fact is even today in the magical world of we now know what can hurt you guys are going to get hurt and guys are going to drop off the map and guys outside of that realm are going to point fingers and try and find out why something happened.
Nature of the beast, no one knows everything, no one has the magic answer to the age old question "How can I save my arm" folks can just try stuff and do the best they can and limit stress and impact on the elbow and shoulders of their investments. One thing is for sure the more expensive players get the more kid gloves the game will use to protect them.
Back in the day it wasn't as bottom line as it is today, teams don't want to eat contracts when guys get beat up older (see Chris Carpenters current situation) and teams don't want blow guys out when they are cheap.