Friday, March 01, 2013

Proctor = Vogelsong?

The SF Chronicle has an interesting post on Scott Proctor, who went to South Korea to get his act together. He's in the Giants camp, just like Vogelsong was 2 years ago. 

He pitched 83 games and 102 innings in 2006 with a 2.4 WAR for the Yankees for his best season by far. 

Scott also has gotten over a drinking problem.-- 

The popular narrative of Proctor’s downfall as a pitcher held that his arm blew out because Yankees manager Joe Torre overused him in 2006 and 2007. He pitched in 83 games both year, including 31 for the Dodgers after a midseason trade in 2007.
Proctor tells a different story.
“I think some things that happened and some poor choices on how I lived my life led to it more than anything,” he said.
Part of that was not eating right or sleeping enough, the basics of being a good athlete, but that was not the killer. He said he had a “serious drinking problem,” a binge drinker who stopped when he ran out of booze or passed out.
His teammates saw it. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was not shy about telling Proctor he needed to stop. In 2009, he said, he did stop while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery.


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