Found August 06, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
Here are a few more features of  players from the lower level of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system. Dillon Maples:  RH pitcher Maples’ performance for Boise the last couple of weeks is further evidence that as much as we try to figure out the game of baseball, the more confounding it proves to be.  Former major league pitcher Steve Blass won 69 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1969 and 1972, making the All-Star game that year.  He also pitched two complete games in the 1971 World Series.  In 1973, Blass inexplicably lost the ability to command his pitches and walked 84 batters in 88.2 innings and compiled an ERA of 9.83.  After spending two more season laboring with errant control in the minors, Blass retired in 1975, giving rise in baseball lexicon to the term “Steve Blass Disease” to explain a player’s sudden inability to make an accurate throw that he has made thousands of times before.  Rick Ankiel’s pitching career with the St. Louis Cardinals fell prey to Steve B
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