Tommy John III, @PitchingNinja, Sportswriter Romance

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Tommy John surgery was first performed in 1974. Tommy John III now says it's become an epidemic among young baseball players. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Tommy John surgery was first performed on Tommy John in 1974. Now the former pitcher's son is trying to make sure fewer young ballplayers get the surgery. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Tommy John is famous for the surgery that saved his pro baseball career. Now his son, Tommy John III, is rallying against the overuse of that surgery in younger ballplayers. Also this week on Only A Game, the saga of the @PitchingNinja Twitter account. And a story of romance and rivalry between two Bay Area sportswriters. Join us!

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Tommy John III Warns Against Surgery That Saved Dad's MLB Career

Tommy John III knows that Tommy John surgery saved his father’s career and revolutionized baseball. But now he's worried that the procedure is being overprescribed.

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@PitchingNinja Vs. MLB: Lessons From A Twitter Showdown

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Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

The NBA Draft brought a mother and a son together ... and then pushed them apart. Also, Russia somehow goes through to the next round of the World Cup. And a Major League pitcher is injured by ... a pair of pants.

What Happens When Your Sports (Writing) Rival Is Also Your Spouse?

When it comes to breaking stories about the Oakland A's, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser usually outscoops her husband. But Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News recently got some payback.

This program aired on June 23, 2018.


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