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    Dr. Frank Jobe's effect on fantasy baseball
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Dr. Frank Jobe died Thursday at the age of 88. What has this got to do with fantasy sports, you ask?

    Quite a bit actually.

    Simply put, Dr. Jobe is responsible for saving the pitching arms of up to one- third of the pitchers on today's major league baseball rosters.

    Do you find that number as astounding as I do?

    Astounding and outrageous ... yes. Also, true.

    If there are 12 pitchers on every roster and 30 major league teams, then there are 360 pitchers. In a Bleacher Report study from July 2013, 124 pitchers on current rosters had been a victim of an elbow injury which required what today is known as "Tommy John surgery."

    It was July 1974 and John was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Montreal, when he heard and felt a "pop" after a pitch in the third inning. John tore the ligament in his elbow, which in those days was the death knell for a pitcher's career.

    However, in a revolutionary procedure, Dr. Jobe, with the help of Dr. Herbert Stark, used the palmaris tendon to reconstruct John's elbow.

    John went on to pitch 14 seasons and win 164 games after the surgery, and the rest is history.

    The surgery also has been used in football on a number of quarterbacks, but it's most common usage is in baseball and specifically on pitchers.

    Some believe the surgery is so good that a pitcher is actually better than before the surgery, but that's likely more myth than truth.

    The truth is that a pitcher is better than he was just before the surgery as his elbow had been subject to years and years of wear and tear and was performing at less than 100 percent.

    Add in six months of complete rest and numerous additional strengthening exercises for the shoulder, elbow and arm, and the pitcher appears to be better than he ever was.

    Had the surgery not been invented, today's fantasy rosters would likely be filled with current minor leaguers instead of the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, Josh Johnson, A.J. Burnett, Anibal Sanchez, C.J. Wilson, John Axford, Ryan Dempster, Fernando Rodney, Francisco Liriano, Jordan Zimmermann, Joe Nathan, Neftali Feliz, Grant Balfour, Jarrod Parker, Kris Medlen, John Lackey, Jonny Venters, Matt Harvey and more than 100 others.

    Imagine what your fantasy rotations would be without these guys in it.

    It would be an offensive explosion at the expense of pitching. Hitters would be knocking out home runs like it was the steroid era. Fifty home runs and 150 RBI might be commonplace.

    On the other hand, you would likely have to pay a very steep price for a guy like Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.

    Instead of the top picks in the draft being Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt, you would probably be choosing Kershaw, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer first, second and third due to the scarcity of top pitching.

    Last year, just 10 major league pitchers won 16 games or more. Unfortunately, without Tommy John surgery, half of those pitchers would have been sitting at home instead of winning games. Check it out, Wainwright (19 wins), Zimmermann (19), Wilson (17), Jorge de la Rosa (16) and Francisco Liriano (16) wouldn't be there.

    The list of closers would be dramatically different as well. There would have been no Rafael Soriano (43 saves), Nathan (43), Balfour (38), Fernando Rodney (37) or Jason Grilli (33).

    The bottom line is that Dr. Jobe's innovative surgery dramatically changed the landscape in major league baseball, preserving the balance of pitching to hitting and in turn the balance in fantasy baseball leagues everywhere.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

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      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Fog expected Thursday morning

        Fog expected Thursday morning

        Wednesday, March 4 2015 3:14 PM EST2015-03-04 20:14:39 GMT
        Wednesday night will be another very mild one. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 60s with mostly clear skies.
        Wednesday night will be another very mild one. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 60s with mostly clear skies.
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