Originally Posted by dfs
And then his arm fell off and the game lost a hall of famer in the middle of his career. 30 years old and he couldn't lift his arm high enough to comb his hair and that's seen as a good thing? why didn't they have a proofreader? I mean, if they want to spew garbage, they're welcome to do that, but at least spew accurate garbage that makes their point.
Pitchers are pampared today, simply because they are seen as a more valuable property than they were seen as back in the day. Sure..there were guys like Carlton who could throw 300+ innings. How many Wayne Simpsons were there?
Essentially the same thing happened to Jim Maloney, who probably would have been a Hall of Famer with 4-5 more decent years and if his final years could have been more like this typical. Injured, torn rotator cuff (I think) - 2 20 win seasons, 74 complete games, 24 shut outs. Of course, his was an era of some of the best pitching ever.