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.
Hell yeah I think it does, look at Tom Browning, Fred Norman was a late bloomer with the screwball, the Padres wouldn't let him use it, but Howsam favored it and let Freddie etch his way to infamy.
Carl Hubbel's arm was said to be turned inward by the screwball, granted some guys are freaks (McGraw perhaps) but the old screwballer is an animal that never thrived, it seemed that when it was around it was a middle aged pitchers pitch. the type a guy learns to save his career and the type a coach tries to not teach a young guy so he doesn't ruin his career