My name is Chas Pippitt and I am the Leader of the Baseball Rebellion. On on June 28th, I was sitting at my computer, and I happened to glance at my Twitter Feed. I saw a picture of a Tommy John scar with the hashtag
Initially, I was disturbed by the gruesome picture, but more so, I was disturbed by the flippant attitude towards a debilitating and terrible injury. At the time of my retweet, I had no idea who Daniel Hudson was. I had no clue he was a current MLB pitcher who hadn’t pitched in 2 years due to BACK to BACK Tommy John Surgeries (two surgeries in less than 12 months). I simply thought making light of this type of injury was offensive and stupid, so I sent the tweet and the picture over to Justin Orenduff, the Leader of the Baseball Pitching Rebellion, to get his thoughts.
Before Justin could even respond, “Huddy” fired back, clearly upset at my much more accurate hashtag of #GMsDontDigScars.
Over the course of the article, I’m going to show the conversation that I (BR_REBEL) had with Daniel Hudson about his injury and how we could help him. You’ll see how skeptical he was/is towards new and better information and his inability to answer simple questions about the success and failure of his rehabilitation and quest to return to the Majors. None of this conversation was intended to sell anything or make fun of Daniel Hudson and his injury. After I found out he was an MLB pitcher, I wanted to bring to light the glaring issues in the culture of injury that has overwhelmed baseball. What Daniel Hudson is doing in his rehabilitation is clearly not working. The people and process that has trusted and continues to follow are clearly failing him.
My name is Justin Orenduff, and I’m the leader of the Baseball Pitching Rebellion. I’m responsible for all of the pitching theory and mechanical breakdowns at Baseball Rebellion. I’m going to start my section of this article with a direct quote from Daniel Hudson. You can see the rest of the article here.
“It’s a long process,” Hudson said. “I’m open to try pretty much anything because, well, I broke. Obviously I didn’t have perfect mechanics before. Hopefully this stuff works and I never have to deal with this again.” – Article Here
As you continue to read the conversation below, Hudson is anything but “open” to listen to our information. I contacted Hudson directly to see if he would be willing to contribute to this article but as of right now, we have had no response. Baseball Rebellion strives to illuminate the growing problems associated with throwing related injuries and shed light on the problematic processes associated with the pre-habilitation and rehabilitation of pitchers at all levels. A multitude of warning signs presented themselves before each of Hudson’s surgeries, we have highlighted a few below.
“The young right-handed thrower said that throughout his career he’s always experienced some amount of elbow soreness after pitching based on his arm and mechanics. He wasn’t sure if his preview shoulder impingement injury that put him on the disabled list for about a month was related to the elbow problem.” – Article Here
“Hudson’s arm action when he pitches has always been a slinging across the body motion that could put extra stress on his arm. To try and combat that, Hudson is trying to make the most of his rehab time to strengthen other areas of his body to help take stress off his shoulder and elbow. In addition, he’s working on a couple of mechanical changes, including getting the ball out of his glove quicker and not taking his throwing hand back as far during his motion. The further your hand gets behind your body, the more stress is placed on the elbow. “It’s just kind of fine tuning and getting more parts of my body incorporated in the mechanical process,” Hudson said. “I’m not changing my arm slot or anything. You do something for 20 years it’s hard to break that habit.” Even the small changes he’s making are challenging. Hudson has a trainer film his motion when he plays catch and while he thinks he’s making the changes, he’ll look at the video and realize he isn’t.” – Article Here
Robert, Billy, and Shell I’d love to hear your argument for as to why there is nothing mechanically wrong. Fill free to leave a comment on this article so we can all learn from your expertise on the subject of pitching mechanics. Below you will find both my professional opinion on Huddy’s mechanics, as well as Will Fox’s breakdown on the injurious positions Hudson has exhibited throughout his career. I hope you guys enjoy the analysis, just liked we enjoyed your comical tweets. It’s really interesting that Baseball Rebellion gets attacked for trying to help a guy coming off a surgery…
In preparation for this article I wanted to see if Hudson’s mechanical pattern had truly changed over the years. In our conversation Hudson says “I know why I blew out the first time. We changed a bunch of stuff about me. I’m just a bad statistic this time around.”
I would like to know the exact changes Hudson and the Diamondbacks made because I don’t see any significant adjustments made in Hudson’s delivery throughout his career. The way his arm works in conjunction with his lower half remains identical. The two clips above showcase Hudson’s mechanics staying consistent from the time he was drafted, until he most recently underwent his second TJ surgery.
Making changes to your delivery can be extremely difficult, especially when you have been throwing a baseball one way your whole life. The Diamondbacks may or may not have known about the amount of stress Hudson placed on his shoulder/elbow leading to his first TJ surgery but they definitely had the opportunity to implement a solution to fix the problem in his rehabilitation process.
Hudson and the D’Backs legitimately had 6 months of a throwing program where they could allow Hudson to create a new healthy pattern without the stress of a game environment. But, if you read the article above, Hudson’s trainer was helping him with his slow motion video analysis and that’s the same process that occurred when I was rehabbing from my shoulder surgery. A pitching coach was not present, only a trainer to monitor the amount of throws and distance I was required to throw that day. Where is the pitching coach to correct the flaws that led to the injury in the first place?
The remainder of our twitter conversation with Daniel Hudson can be found below.
Clearly, he did not want to hear what we had to say…
Then Huddy attacks our ‘product’ of online lessons…but as you can read for yourself, at no point did either of us mention money, products, or lesson services. I’ll say it again, this guy has been out so long I didn’t even remember his name. I had no idea who he was at the time I retweeted his picture. This was never about sales…it was about information. I guess the saying holds true: You can lead a horse to water…but you can’t make him drink. All I know is Daniel Hudson is really in a bad spot and I’m willing to say that the people in baseball he trusts have proven to be incapable of helping him. Baseball will move on with or without Daniel Hudson…but can he move on without baseball? I guess we’ll see.
Baseball Rebellion repeatedly reached out to Daniel Hudson for input on this article. We never heard back. He has made his choice it appears. We hope it turns out better for him this time around.
Chas Pippitt and Justin Orenduff, Leaders of the Baseball Rebellion