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1975 Topps Set Card 266/660 – #47 – Tommy John, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 266/660 – #47 – Tommy John, Dodgers

Progress: 266/660

Card Number:  47

Player Name:  Tommy John

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  26 seasons, 1963-74, 1976-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tommy John did not play during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Tommy John capped his amazing 26-season major league career with a record of 288-231.  John was a 4-time All-Star pitcher who played for six different teams during his career.  He has a career ERA of 3.34 in 4,710 innings of work.  John struck out 2,245 batters in that time while allowing 4,783 hits and 2,017 runs to score.  He played in three World Series match-up during his career, coming up short in each.


Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?

Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?

Is it just me or is the term ‘Tommy John Surgery’ becoming more and more commonplace and less and less ‘unusual’ than it was 5-10 seasons ago.

It seems like every 3-4 days my MLB app on my phone tells me that another pitcher is opting for Tommy John Surgery and is out for a year.

This year specifically, the number seems to be soaring.  I believe that the last count I had was 13 pitchers since Spring Training have had the surgery – and we are just in the middle of the month or April.  Not August, APRIL!!


And it seems to be effecting both young and older players, and not just starting pitchers either…  Names like Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Matt Moore, and phenom Jameson Taillon have all gone under the knife recently.

Some other notable pitchers that have been sidelined for the same surgery include Brian Wilson, Steven Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, and John Smoltz.

So, what is the reason for all of these major operations?  Poor technique?  Poor conditioning?  Not warming up the arm properly?  Not enough rest between activity?

I am very eager to hear what you think.  Personally, I think it has more to do with technique than anything else.  Very few pitchers use their legs the way that they should, so more emphasis and strain is put on the arm to bring force to the hitters.  If there was more attention paid to technique at an earlier age  where using the mound and your legs and core was part of the training, I think we would see less and less of these problems.

Tommy John scar

What do you think?


Did You Know…

Tommy John won more than eighty games with three different teams.  John won 82 games for the Chicago White Sox(1963-1971), 82 for the Los Angeles Dodgers(1972-1978), and 91 for the New York Yankees(1979-1982, 1986-1989).  He also won two games for Cleveland in 1964, 24 games for California(1982-1985), and two games for Oakland in 1985 to finish his career with a total of 288 wins.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – I wonder how many games John lost by 1-run.  It’s a shame that will all of that work, he fell just 12 wins shy of the magical 300 and potential Hall of Fame enshrinement…

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Tommy John

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Tommy John

What is Tommy John most famous for?  His incredible 26-season pitching career or for having a surgery named after him???  Sadly, the answer is #2.

An odd Tommy John fact – John played in 3 World Series match-ups, losing all 3 times.  In 1977 and 1978 he played as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and they were beaten both times by the New York Yankess.  John then made it to the World Series in 1981 as a member of those Yankees and lost to…  the Los Angeles Dodgers.