Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Baseball beat writers covering the Cincinnati Reds in the early 1980s slapped a nickname on pitcher Frank Pastore: Mr. Good Wrench.Thats because Pastore incessantly talked about pitching mechanics and was obsessed over making every wind-up, every stretch, every delivery a picture of pitching perfection.There was a game early in his career when Pastore struggled in the first inning. He walked the first two batters and manager John McNamara trudged to the mound.What the hell is going on? he asked, his Irish face flushed red, as it did when he was upset.Im working on my mechanics, said Pastore.To hell with the mechanics, just throw a strike, said McNamara.Pastore, 55, died Monday in a California hospital from head injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash Nov. 17. His Honda Shadow was struck by a female motorist who swerved into Pastores lane on the 210 Foothill Freeway in Duarte, Calif. and he was thrown from his bike.He was in a coma for a month.Pastore, a born-again Christian, was a t...
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