The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports

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The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports

ᅤ Free Kindle Read [ ౄ The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports ] ᆷ Author Jeff Passan ሦ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREvery year, Major League Baseball spends than 1.5 billion on pitchersfive times the salary of all NFL quarterbacks combined Pitchers are the lifeblood of the sport, the ones who win championships, but today they face an epidemic unlike any baseball has ever seen.One tiny ligament in the elbow keeps snapping and sending teenagers and major leaguers alike to undergo surgery, an issue the baseball establishment ignored for decades For three years, Jeff Passan, the lead baseball columnist forYahoo Sports, has traveled the world to better understand the mechanics of the arm and its place in the sports past, present, and future He got the inside story of how the Chicago Cubs decided to spend 155 million on one pitcher He sat down for a rare interview with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, whose career ended at 30 because of an arm injury He went to Japan to understand how another baseball obsessed nation deals with this crisis And he followed two major league pitchers as they returned from Tommy John surgery, the revolutionary procedure named for the former All Star who first underwent it than 40 years ago.Passan discovered a culture that struggles to prevent arm injuries and lacks the support for the changes necessary to do so He explains that without a drastic shift in how baseball thinks about its talent, another generation of pitchers will fall prey to the same problem that vexes the current one.Equal parts medical thriller and cautionary tale,The Armis a searing exploration of baseballs most valuable commodity and the redemption that can be found in one fragile and mysterious limb. 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