Nice!! It's easy to forget just how valuable Radke was.
Yeah, that was a nice little read and a reminder that we need better pitchers, not necessarily strike out guys.
Radke's mechanics were very sound. The picture in OP's article shows why his elbow never broke down, and his command was impeccable. It is all mechanics.
If you put 3 inches and 50 pounds onto Radke's frame, you have Justin Verlander. The delivery is almost identical.
As far as longevity is concerned, my favorite pitcher is Walter Johnson. His high sidearm whip motion put almost no stress on his rotator cuff, elbow or back, while his long control moment, where his palm travelled towards the target, gave him pinpoint control. I honestly don't know why coaches keep teaching overhand or 3/4s overhand as standard form. Too many injuries. Kids should relax and throw like skimming stones. It's aa lot easier on the arm.
I'll always remember what Radke did in 2006 for the Twins... The guy had to brush his teeth with his non-throwing hand and coudln't pick up his kids, yet he gutted it out and pitched impressively down the stretch...
Thanks for the memories Brad.
He also has the legacy of having every pitcher with good control and minimal fastball get compared favorably to him.