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Have We Seen the Last of Baseball's 300-Game Winners?
By Dan Schlossberg - To win 300 games, a pitcher needs 20 seasons of 15 wins or 15 seasons of 20 wins. To put it mildly, that makes it a herculean task - even for the most accomplished hurler. Consider the long list of accomplished athletes who fell short. Bob Feller, one of the best pitchers of any era, finished at 266 because he lost four prime years while serving in the U.S. Navy World War II. To win 300 games, a pitcher needs 20 seasons of 15 wins or 15 seasons of 20 wins. To put it mildly, that makes it a herculean task - even for the most accomplished hurler.
Tommy John surgery, known in medical practice as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, knee, or foot of the patient). The procedure is common among collegiate and professional athletes in several sports, most notably baseball.
The surgery is named after Tommy John, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who was the first professional athlete to successfully undergo the operation in 1974. The procedure was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe, who also serves as a Special Advisor to Los Angeles Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt.
"Tommy John Surgery Recovery" In 2009, chances of a complete recovery after surgery are estimated at 85 to 92 percent. At the time of Tommy John's operation, Jobe put his chances at 1 in 100. After his surgery in 1974, John spent 18 months rehabilitating his arm, returned for the 1976 season, and went on to pitch in the major leagues until 1989 at age 46. The procedure can take about one hour. Full rehabilitation takes about one year for pitchers and about six months for position players. Usually, pitchers who have the surgery can get their full range of motion back after about two months and can start doing weight exercises. For the next four months, they can increase the weight that they use and start doing exercises that emphasize all parts of their arm.