Why can't pitchers throw harder?

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April 8 2005 2:38 PM

Pitcher Perfect

Why can't anyone throw a baseball faster than 100 mph?

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In the last two decades, baseball managers and GMs have focused less on speed and more on injury prevention. According to Fleisig, whose clinic has diagnosed mechanical problems in professional pitchers since 1990, "[Baseball executives] don't come to me and say make this guy a few miles per hour faster. They say, help this guy stay on the field." Steve Dalkowski should have been so lucky. He blew out his arm fielding a bunt in an exhibition game in 1963, on the eve of his first major-league start.

Noam Scheiber is a senior editor at the New Republic.

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