The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports

If William Goldman pegged Hollywood when he wrote accusingly, “Nobody knows anything,” Passan tears into baseball’s plague of elbow injuries and walks away with the same conclusion. Every year, Major League teams gamble more than $1.5 billion on pitchers, an increasingly fragile breed in part due to the sport’s obsession with velocity. Passan spent three years researching every aspect of the epidemic, from the horrors of youth baseball to the doctors who perfected the dreaded Tommy John surgery to two big leaguers facing a future after their golden arms go bust. It’s a tad “inside baseball,” but it’s a must-read for any sports dad or anxious Mets fan. A