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Legendary Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall passes away

Legendary Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall passes away

Baseball lost a legend of the game, 1974 Cy Young-winning Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall, who came of age with the Expos and finished a remarkable 14-year career with the Twins before moving on to bigger things and more. best, passed away this week at the age of 78.
Somewhat marginalized in his time due to the scientific views of pitching he espoused, Marshall’s teachings now feel more like gospel than heresy in the modern game.
Although it disappeared from the game, we hope you had a chance to properly appreciate the impact it had on it.
Armed with a chop, a set of lamb chops, and a starring role in the seminal baseball book “Ball Four,” Marshall found himself floating in the game from team to team more than expected than one of the elite pitchers in the game. the league.
However, his rabid rampage over the Players Guild and his unique views on how a pitcher should take care of himself made him unpopular in a rigid game that thrived on conformity. Hmm… I wonder if there are Dodgers pitchers these days who fight the same thing on a regular basis.
Marshall’s numbers from his winning Cy Young campaign are staggering to the modern eye; he relieved in 106 games of 162, pitching a starting workload of 208.1 innings. You read well. I had to reread it several times, so you do too.
That was a career-high innings pitched for Marshall, and he never returned to that level of durability (although he was also an All-Star the following year, with his workload split in half).
Surprisingly (based on the way we remember it), those were his only two full seasons in Los Angeles. He has also earned our accolades for the previous two seasons in Montreal, when they finished fourth and second in the Cy Young voting, as well as fifth and fifth in the Chase for the Most Valuable Player, respectively.
After his time in MLB, Marshall continued to defend his views on the science of pitching, earning his Ph.D. in kinesiology midway through his career (well, toward the end) at Michigan State in 1978.
Tell us, would you be surprised if Bauer sneaks off to night school and drives the same thing in five or six years?
Although he was never asked to work with a major league organization again (unionisation again), Marshall was a coach in college and authored two books on the art of pitching, ranking alongside Tom House as one of exceptionally prominent minds at the time. country. They didn’t always agree, but House also posted a tribute to Marshall’s passing. (GG)

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