Chad Billingsley may have to hang em up
A recent story out of ROBESONIA, Pa suggests that Chad Billingsley may have to retire as the rest suggested by his doctors is simply not working.
“I can throw a baseball at 50 to 60 percent, but when I ramp it up it starts hurting,” the former Bulldog said.
Rest is the only hope at getting back to where he once was.
“I talked to the doctors at the end of last season and they said don’t do anything for seven months,” Billingsley explained. “They said don’t stress it.”
The seven-month time frame has arrived, but the rest continues. No other remedy is in sight.
“The elbow can’t stand when I throw with intensity, where I want to be,” Billingsley said.
It is a shame if indeed it is true. Before Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley was the LAD pitching gem. I’m not suggesting that Chad was Kershaw, but you will find Chad’s name in every single LAD pitching leaderboard for pitchers twenty-four and under who were primarily starters. When you look at the top ten, you will usually find him right smack in the middle of the great LAD names. Or maybe just a tad below right smack in the middle. Usually 7th.
All table information below was derived from baseball reference
Sorted by ERA+
|Chan Ho Park||109||4.16||1994||1997||21-24||308.2|
Sorted by strikeout:
The only pitcher to completely blow out his arm on these lists is Chad Billingsley. So many pitchers come back from TJ surgery that it is still surprising when some don’t make it back at all. Chad did pitch again, but would never pitch effectively again.
He gave the LAD fans many great memories. Out of 190 starts for the LAD, Chad would toe the mound and put up a game score greater than or equal to seventy in thirty six of them. His high water mark was on April 12th, 2012 with a game score of 87. I thought one of his best games was this one on Sept 26, 2010 where he struck out thirteen in only seven innings. The bullpen ultimately blew the game.
He started out his postseason starting gig with an excellent start to beat the Cubs in the 2008 NLDS in game two. Yet he will probably be remembered by many for not throwing inside at the Phillies in the NLCS of 2008, and losing his last three post season starts to the Phillies.
Chad would never be as good as I had hoped for, but during his time with the LAD he gave the fans plenty to cheer about even if most of those cheers stopped in October.