Tommy John Surgery Thursdays: Player Profile – Brent Strom: 2nd Guy To Have TJ Surgery

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Welcome to the new feature we will be doing every week called TJ Surgery Thursdays.  For the next several years I plan to write a weekly feature on a guy that went under the procedure.

This should only take about 10 years to be caught up with the epidemic growing exponentially over the last decade.

Today’s write-up is the 2nd ever player to go under the knife for the procedure.  That guy is named Brent Strom, and he followed Tommy John‘s lead to take the UCL surgery repair in 1977.

There may be a reason why there wasn’t a third procedure down until 1985 as Strom never made it back to the Major Leagues.

Born in Oct of 1948, the LHP was drafted by the New York Mets in 1970 as the 3rd overall pick.  He never amounted to much on the club when he made his debut in 1972.

After fighting through some injuries in the 1974  year, the man originally from San Diego was traded to that very city.

In 1975, Strom had his best ERA in his brief career – posting a 2.54 ERA in 16 Game Starts in 120.1 IP.  1976 saw the man pull in his best numbers as a big league thrower, when he started 36 contests -and logged 210.2 IP.

At age 28 he had the Tommy John Surgery, and he toiled in the Minors for a few years after that, but his tale would be a player that never thew another pitch in the Major Leagues.

Strom ended his pitching career with a 22 – 39 record with a 3.95 ERA, but his peripheral stats looked a lot better with a WHIP of 1.321 – and an acceptable HR/Per 9 IP of 0.9.

In the Minor Leagues from 1979 – 1981, he did post a record of 19 – 9 for those campaigns – although he had a rising ERA in that that time span, while he was being homered on with a great frequency – and his Strikeout rate dropped.  It was apparent he was going to have a tough time making it back to the bigs.

Brent Strom has had a decent post playing career – with working for the Montreal/Washington franchise as a Minor League Pitching Coordinator.  He is now the pitching coach for the Major League Houston Astros, and has done a fine job working with that staff sine the start of the 2014 year.

Would more of the pitchers gone to see Frank Jobe if Strom had also recovered enough to play multiple seasons in the MLB?  Perhaps we would not have had to wait until David Wells underwent the repair in 1985 – to become the winningest pitcher ever to have gone under the knife?

Brent Strom Career Transactions

Tommy John Surgery All – Time Tracker – We have added  – 25 players to the list  + All players under the knife


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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at

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