2019 MLB Draft Guide: Understanding Tommy John Surgery
Dan Malin takes a look at exactly what Tommy John surgery is, the recovery process and how MLB pitchers are ultimately affected by it.
Do Your Jobe
Frank Jobe never logged an inning of work as a professional baseball player. Never played in the big leagues or even the minor leagues. Yet there is a strong belief among some baseball insiders that Jobe should be in Cooperstown as a member of the Hall of Fame. But again, he never played an out of professional baseball. He wasn’t a writer, manager, broadcaster, etc. In fact he’s a decorated veteran for his time served in the Army during World War II. After his service, Jobe went to medical school and became an orthopedic surgeon. Jobe is credited with saving and extending the careers of numerous pitchers in baseball.
On September 25, 1974 Jobe performed a groundbreaking surgery on Tommy John. At the time, John was in the midst of a solid season with the Dodgers, but damaged his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Dr. Jobe would fix John’s elbow by removing a tendon from his right forearm and using that to replace the damaged ligament in his left elbow. At the...