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Johan Santana barely tickles 80 MPH on radar gun during tryout

  • David Whitlock

Sadly, Johan Santana may never recover from his latest shoulder surgery.  According to George A. King III of the New York Post, any semblance of his 90+ MPH fastball stuff of his prime has been lost on the 34-year-old lefty:

Tim Naehring represented the Yankees at the workout in which Santana topped out at 81 mph, pitched between 77 and 78 mph and mixed in an impressive changeup.

Santana may never take the mound again, as his velocity is down (Credit: AP/Bill Kostroun)

Santana may never take the mound again, as his velocity is down
(Credit: AP/Bill Kostroun)

At least there was an “impressive” adjective mixed in with the change up.  But how slow must the change up be to deviate from the 80 MPH fastball?  Seems like hitters have much more time to sit back and read the pitch.  Other than developing a knuckleball, this doesn’t seem like it’s going to work.  According to CBS Eye on Baseball Matt Snyder, seven teams showed up for the workout.  The earliest he hopes to pitch is June.  But why would you have a tryout if you were struggling this badly?

Santana hasn’t pitched in the majors since August 17, 2012.  A full 77 days after his only no-hitter, one in which he was stretched for 134 pitches (by manager Terry Collins), and never seemed to fully recover.  He hadn’t pitched any in 2011, and hadn’t exceeded 108 pitches during that season.

Johan Santana has won two Cy Young Awards (with three more Top 5 finishes), has two ERA titles, four All-Star nods, and a Gold Glove.  Sad he would be unable to continue pitching at age 35 (in March).  But the handwriting appears to be on the wall.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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