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Diamond Cuts: Atlanta Burns

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Before we kick off the inaugural Diamond Cuts of the season I would like to give a tip of the cap to Dr. Frank Jobe, who passed away on March 6 at age 88. Dr. Jobe was a pioneer in sports medicine, baseball in particular, having revolutionized reconstruction surgery on the shoulder and elbow. In September of 1974, Dr. Jobe completed a complete ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on a Los Angeles Dodger pitcher by the name of Tommy John. The procedure would become commonly known as Tommy John surgery in honor of the initial patient and has saved the professional careers (and fantasy lives) of countless MLB players including John Smoltz, Kerry Wood, and David Wells. Multiple players in this year's fantasy drafts including Stephen Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, Shin Soo-Choo, and Jordan Zimmerman would not be hot commodities it weren't for Tommy John surgery and Dr. Jobe. Thank you Dr. Jobe, your fingerprints are forever on the game of baseball.

Kris Medlen

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