Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 4/26/12
Michael Pineda (credits below) A friend and I were once discussing the best way to make money by pushing a child to excel in a professional sport. We'd brainstorm different,  Earl Woods-esque ways, you could push them to excel. His best idea was to turn his future son into a lefty knuckleballer. Genius idea, a true testament to American ingenuity. Identify the best potential payout - MLB starting pitcher - with a controllable variable – forced knuckleballs. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure MLB starting pitcher is the way to helicopter parent a kid to a successful sports career anymore. The Yankees announced today that Michael Pineda would miss the 2012 season after undergoing surgery to repair a labrum tear. The surgery requires an estimated 12 months of recovery so Pineda's best case scenario is a May 2013 return. Pineda, of course, was just acquired from the Seattle Mariners, following a nice rookie season, in exchange for the Yankees slugging DH/Catcher Jesus Montero. Anoth...
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