Originally Posted by M2
Does the screwball destroy your arm? I grew up watching Tug McGraw and have always been under the impression you could throw a zillion scroogies.
I'm not sure the damage it does to your whole arm, but in the older days when there were more screwballers out there, many of them had a lot of elbow problems....just now mimicking the motion to myself in the computer room, I feel a tinge in my elbow doing it so I can imagine how it was for a pitcher doing it over the years.
There were even those who threw them that had their pitching hand turned palm out -- PERMANANTLY from the twist of the hand (righties would have their hand facing third base by the time they release the pitch for the right rotation on the ball as lefties would first base). Throwing so many of them over the years did something to the tendons I imagine. There were a couple of well known pitchers who turned out this way, I don't think Tug was one but perhaps Waite Hoyt or maybe Carl Hubbard. There haven't been many screwballers in the modern era, there may be more but off the top of my head, the only recent guy I can think of that threw one is Jim Mecir.