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Dr. Mike Marshall used to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. He won the cy young award in 1974.

He was a very durable pitcher, and he has spent his life after retiring from baseball studying the intricacies of why pitchers come down with arm and shoulder problems. It is incredibly complicated.

He can tell by watching pitchers which ones are headed for injuries. He warned the Chicago Cubs about Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. He has been successful in helping players make changes to avoid the injuries.

A great St. Louis pitcher, Chris Carpenter, is on the disabled list this year, and I was struck by the similarities between what he was saying about his difficulties when he was still pitching last year and this year, and what Maria has been saying about her shoulder.

I am a fan of Maria, and very concerned about how serious and long-term her problems might be. I wrote an e-mail to Mike Marshall.


To: [email protected]
Subject: Maria Sharapova

I have heard amazingly similar things being said by Maria Sharapova
this
year and Chris Carpenter in the last year or so regarding their
shoulders and the pain they experience a day later.

Are there similarities between tennis players' and pitchers' mechanical
dangers and difficulties?
Dear Sir,

With the exception that tennis servers cannot release their
racquet,
tennis serving and maximum velocity overhand throwing have identical
force application techniques. Tennis servers can have 'Reverse Serving
Forearm Bounce,' 'Looping,' 'Serving Forearm Flyout,'
Supination Release,' and all the other injurious flaws as in the
'traditional' baseball pitching motion.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mike Marshall
Of course i hope that Maria's shoulder problem goes away and her serving velocity and other talents remain all that they can be.


I have a feeling Maria will win her first match at rg, and then not feel so good 24 hours later.

I think it is possible that Mike marshall---who really knows a lot about this stuff----could help Maria or others to avoid career threatening injuries.
 

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cant you ask him to help her please :help: i want old masha back...
 

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Maria is a pretty strong girl (or a strong pretty girl). I do not know if this is relevant---I am sure she could get his help if she asked. The St. Louis Cardinals almost worked out a deal to have marshall do some work with their staff, then they changed their minds.

They just sent a player named Anthony Reyes to the minor leagues, to get his problems straightened out. Marshall said on the radio that Reyes has terrible pitching mechanics, some of the worst he has ever seen.

Two of their highest paid pitchers, Mulder and Carpenter are disabled. They have a great pitching coach named Dave Duncan---he might not have wanted Marshall around. The queen bee syndrome.
 
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