Dr. Frank Jobe died today


“A 2013 study found that 124 active pitchers, about one-third of those in the majors, had undergone Tommy John surgery at some point in their careers.” The man who invented that surgical procedure died today at the age of 88. Here’s the NYT obituary.

Here’s a wonderful story on the occasion of his Baseball Hall of Fame commendation ceremony in July of 2013, and here’s a photo essay of the doctor by Jon Soo Hoo.

42 thoughts on “Dr. Frank Jobe died today

  1. Here’s an AP story about the games in Australia. Jeepers, John, I can see why you’re only going to one game. “. . . they start at 499 Australian dollars ($450) for platinum seats and scale
    down to A$69 ($62) for seats in the outfield grandstand.”

    • Thanks, John! That was very interesting.

      I’ve forgotten. Are you going to one game or both of them? We’re expecting big things from you as our only reporter on the scene. 😉

  2. ST and all that, but what odds would you give that Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig would have the same BA at this point? You’d like to believe DG got hot and reached the YP level.

    Wrong. It’s the other way around…a whopping .172.

    Other regulars not lighting it up: CC, .136 ,Hanley .222, AJ .083

    Ones who are lighting it up: A Gon .333, Dre .357, Uribear .296

    Dunno if Guerrero should be considered a regular yet. But he’s at .269.

    Usual cautions about BA by itself, spring, yada yada.

    You hear pitchers who get lit up in ST say sometimes they were working on certain things or certain pitches or whatever.

    But shouldn’t hitters be, um, working on hitting, especially v lesser ST pitching….maybe at least their weights?

    • Good observations, Foul TIp, have you noticed that the pitching is getting pounded pretty good also??

      • Yeah, getting smacked around some lately.

        Like us all, I’d rather not see Kershaw struggle. He was better last time out. Seems he may not have been exactly razor sharp last ST, but that worked out pretty well.

        Greinke is just getting started. ERA alone is like BA alone, a long way from the whole story. But Ryu’s is 2.45, Haren’s now 1.80. Maholm got lit up once but was fine otherwise. Beckett, promising at first, but jury out with his thumb and being out of competitive shape. Rosin has been a pleasant surprise with a hiccup yesterday. They have him on a starters development plan for whatever reason.

        As for the pen, Jansen has been nails, Wilson good except last time. Some of the other pen mainstays, not so much. Yet there are 11 pitchers overall with a spring ERA of 0.00 and the same number at WHIP of 1.09 or below.

        So, what to think? Spring stats are fun. But that’s about it. They don’t count, and extremes like some of these won’t last. Hello, regression to the mean.

  3. Catcher Miguel Olivo not hurting his chances of sticking around, at least in ABQ.

    Three-run double yesterday, then stole third base and scored on Miguel Rojas’ bloop single.

    A catcher stealing a base? Wonder if it was legit, or the defense asleep?

    Shades of Russell Martin, who now has 89 career SB. He used to steal about as many bases as he hit HRs every year. But last few years he’s stealing about half as many. Lot of that could be playing in Yankee Stadium and not being asked to.

    • Didn’t see the play, but would guess that the defense fell asleep. Stealing third (or heaven forbid getting thrown out while trying to steal third) probably not the deal maker when trying to hang on as a back up catcher).

  4. Guerrero hasn’t played in a year until this spring, so he needs regular work, preferably someplace where it doesn’t have the impact it would in MLB. Gordon seems to be the least bad of a poor lot of choices to keep 2nd warm until Guerrero gets used to playing the position and gets his batting eye back. Figgins is hitting .130. In retrospect they should have kept Mark Ellis.

    • I think Turner would be a better alternative than Gordon and his stats prove it.

      • Okay. I haven’t paid any attention to Turner at all. I see he’s played in parts of games but I’ve missed those parts, apparently.

        • Betch ya didn’t know Dee’s Daddy, Tom (Flash) Gordon played for Joe Torre in 2004 while Donnie was the hitting coach with the Yankee. Hmm. What do you you think?

          • I think performance matters with players. With coaches it’s still an old-boy network, but with players I don’t think that’s true. General Managers and Managers who tried to practice it would be out of work pretty quickly.

          • I live in the real world and I know the kind of things that go on. If nothing more, Dee gets more of a chance than most players.

          • You keep saying this, but what is it based upon? Thinking of young Dodger infielders in the past, is Dee being given that much more of a shot that Hu, de Jesus, or Sellers got?

          • You keep forgetting that this is not the first chance at a starting job. You don’t remember the SS job??

          • He was given a chance to be a utility player. In that regard, over his career he has hit righties as well as Punto. Can’t blame the Dodgers for seeing if he can stick at something, given his speed.

          • Speed is not the all important reason for giving away a job. Dee is being given a job even though he cannot hit, period. He has a sponsor, even though I do not know who. Turner or Guerrero should man 2nd base.

  5. Well, it seems as though Dee Gordon has won the 2nd base job even though his 185/342/300 line does not appear to be very good. Just a guess but I bet a good one. If that does not reek of sponsor then nothing does. I have heard the stories of Dee being a new player with hitting and I do not buy it. No way does he deserve a roster spot with nothing but speed. It also does not say much for Donnie threatening to bat him leadoff.

  6. WAY past time for one personnel decision, one I’d have made long before his disastrous ST–

    Brandon League has to go. Trade him for anyone with any sort of potential, and get out the condiments that go with eating major amounts of salary. Consider a few bats and buckets of balls part of a good offer for him Work it, hard.

    Any trade will be one-sided, favor of the acquiring team. Things appear beyond repair with the Dodgers; it would be better for everyone for him to go elsewhere, however it’s managed.

    Failing a trade, get out more condiments and eat the whole contract–but cut him loose.

    Whether the team will cut him–clearly they should–is a key test of how much money does NOT matter in building this Dodger dynasty. Most teams wouldn’t. Odds are the Dodgers won’t.

    If he’s in the pen just for contract reasons–the ONLY justification possible–he’s taking the spot of a more deserving reliever. Any appearances he makes will be ticking time bombs. He’ll get shellacked, then have the practical effect of causing the pen to be a man short, because DM will avoid using him. For which DM could not be faulted.

    There shouldn’t be any wait-and-see. We’ve waited. We’ve seen. Way more than enough.

  7. The only person more players could say they owe their career to than Dr. Jobe, would be Jackie Robinson.

  8. No question Jobe was one of the giants of the modern game. He’s not in the HOF probably because the powers-that-be didn’t know exactly how to wrangle that, or maybe they were oblivious to the issue. Doubt they’d think he doesn’t deserve to be. He’ll probably get there now.

    Back to the Trout out at the plate drama…happened to think after that about the other well-known Angel named after a fish, Tim Salmon. Then thought of the Pirates’ Sid Bream. Think there’ve been players named Bass. There may be others. There definitely have been some who should have been named Crappy.

    In a name-perfect world, they’d all play for the Marlins, at the same time. But they’d probably all have quit the game before they’d do that.