"The Pitch of an Island"--Wall St. Journal
Mario Soto, a former major league pitcher who is director of Dominican operations for the Reds,
- says throwing change-ups has been a mandatory rule at baseball academies on the island for about six years. One of the main reasons, he says,
- is risk management: It's easier on a young pitcher's arm than sliders and curveballs,
- which tend to place more strain on the elbow."...