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Doctors and MLB talk PRP and the treatments Alex Rodriguez received

Seven years ago Dr. David Crane, of Crane Clinic Sports Medicine and  Dr. Michael Scarpone, currently the team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates, started looking at some of the information coming out of Germany in regards to biologics. After doing so, he started using Platelet-rich plasma therapies in his practice.

Now, Dr. Crane has seen 10,000 plus patients, treated 7,500 patients with PRP and many of his patients have been professional and collegiate athletes.

“I tell people basically we are working on the linkages — the connections between tendon and bone, tendon and muscle,” said Dr. Crane.  “That’s usually where things tear and have chronic breakdown between tendon and bone and tendon and muscle, or between the meniscus and the bone or the fibers.”

Dr. Crane says sometimes a tear occurs in the middle of the tendon but usually he see’s it where the tendon meets another structure. “Or, they fall apart, they get disease or tendinopathy. Tendinopathy has been the bane of everyone’s existence for over 50 years.…

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Cardinals hire Mike Matheny as manager

Here are a few excerpts:

Catchers are the quarterbacks of baseball. “It’s constant motion,” he said in a phone interview last week. “The job of a catcher is often undervalued as to the success he brings to the team as a whole; it’s constant managing. People talk about why so many catchers are managers. That’s because they’re managing people. Catchers are managing not just the pitchers, but they’re also managing other position players as well. They’re trying to get everyone on the same page. The best catchers typically do that sort of thing.”

Matheny quietly and confidently managed many games during his playing career. Known as one of the best catchers, he smoothly handled the entire game. Catchers lead their team in many ways: They can distract batters on the opposing team, work with the umpire, handle the pitcher, and control the running game. A catcher in tune with his teammates’ endurance and talent works with the manager in making moves to keep the game in line.

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Questions to Rodriguez from MLB are not a PR stunt

For now, what is important is a spokesperson in the Commissioner’s office has confirmed to me they are sticking by their statement from Wednesday, “We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation.  As part of the investigation, the Commissioner’s Office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.”  This is not a public relations stunt by Major League Baseball.

Of course they are upset. Major League Baseball needs to know the facts and depending on what the facts actually are, they need to make sure nothing illegal happened.   As Buster Olney outlined in his article:

Two lawyers who work within the sport indicated that MLB would have specific concerns to investigate:

• Was Alex Rodriguez connected in any way to the cocaine allegedly used at the poker event?

• Did he incur a level of debt that would make him more vulnerable to gamblers?

• In the midst of the card playing, was he involved, in any way, in betting on baseball?

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After the Pirates and Braves game, will MLB instill more instant replay?

Honestly, when I met with Worrell on a cold and snowy night in St. Louis to talk about the Denkinger call 26 years after it happened, I fully expected him to still be angry and bitter about this call. I expected him to say he can’t believe MLB has not instilled more instant replay, that the technology is there and MLB is hurting the game, the fans, by not having more instant replay.

Unlike in other sports, in baseball, we live with the ballplayers day in and day out. We come to know who they are — they are part of our summer family. It’s not as if machines are moving around on the field. As often said, they’re actually human beings and when you interview someone, when you really try to get their honest thoughts about the game, often times I’m so surprised by what I hear. It’s always something different than what I was expecting. And that is the beauty of baseball:  it’s the fact that on any given night any ballplayer can perform something most unexpected.…

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Dave Righetti recalls July 4th no-hitter

To Righetti, throwing the no-hitter was fun, but the best part for him was all the people who were able to enjoy it because of the July 4 holiday.

“Back then a lot of folks on July 4 went out and you went to the beach,” Righetti said.  “A lot of people were listening on radios, or in their cars, or going to the beach, or coming back, or what have you.  So, those stories were pretty cool.”

But this holiday– this celebration of freedom– as often stated, comes with a price.  

The price of freedom

Cory Remsburg, Army Ranger on his 10th combat tour owned the ground he was walked on. He was trekking out to find a landing zone in Afghanistan after a successful mission.  Just like Righetti, Remsburg wouldn’t have a chance to celebrate on the field of victory. Another Ranger stepped on an IED about 5-6 feet from him. 

“My son took the blast from his right side,” said Craig Remsburg, Cory’s father.…

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Marine says Roy Halladay throws heat

“I was referring to his pitching ability and our ability to knock a ball out of the air with a thermal sight. The tank [M1A1 Abrams] can track multiple targets while moving in rough terrain at 50 miles an hour.”

Could they track something the size of a baseball then?

“They can track anything,” says Col. Tomko. “If it had heat, they can follow it and Halladay throws heat.”

Marine week “is about just showing America who we are.” Lt. Col. Tomko says. “Their [America’s] sons and daughters and how great they are. These are the kids who miss Christmas; these are the kids who don’t get to sit in baseball games while others do because they’re defending our country.”

There were 1000 Marines at Busch stadium on Tuesday night to celebrate Marine week.

“It’s a chance for these guys to come home and a see a game and have some sanity and enjoy themselves and breathe and not get shot at or IED’d.” Lt.…

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Baseball Tonight comes home

Sunday Night Baseball is in New York this Sunday for the Yankees and Red Sox game.  Unlike other rivalries in baseball Boston and New York extends far down from the surface – immersed into the hearts of grandfathers and grandmothers.

“There’s nothing close to it,” Ravech says. “It has to do with the past. It has to do with Babe Ruth. It has to do with the recent past. It has to do with the present and it has to do with the size of the markets.”

Maybe Boston just has a complex about not being New York? After all, aren’t everyone’s Prada shoes longing to stray right through the very heart of New York?

“I think there’s a lot of people in Boston having grown up in the suburbs of Boston who feel as if their city is every bit as good as New York,” says Ravech. “So, it’s as much about the names of the cities that they represent as it is about the players on the field.”

Ravech believes the players on the field have changed their attitudes about each other.…

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Jack Clark talks about Derek Jeter’s hitting struggles

Clark retired from Major League Baseball after the 1992 season. Over the course of his career he went to four All Star games, had 340 career home runs and posted a .267/.379/.476/.854 line. Clark knows over the course of a major league career the opposing teams will try to expose any weakness in a hitter.

“You don’t get to the big leagues and stick around very long, let alone win World Championships and be a guy getting ready to get 3,000 hits without making adjustments, “ Clark said about Jeter. “You are constantly adjusting.”

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make those changes at the plate. Pitchers adjust, and something that’s worked for years now has turned wrong.

“The muscles get used to doing the wrong thing and only know one certain thing,” said Clark. “What ends up happening is you end up shortening the muscles doing the wrong thing. Then when you want to elongate them … and really get that extension and drive through there, it won’t happen.  …

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