Former MLB Catcher Jim Sundberg Speaks to Parents and Gives Advice at Livingston Economic Club Luncheon

HOWELL, MI. — Former MLB catcher Jim Sundberg was the keynote speaker on Oct. 9 for the Livingston Economic Club luncheon. The event took place Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Johnson Center at Cleary University in Genoa Township. Sundberg talked about helping parents determine what’s best for their kids during the talk which was sponsored by Cleary University. Source: Livingston Daily

Photo shows former MLB catcher Jim Sundberg speaking at a 2012 Christian event.

“When I played, guys didn’t start throwing at maximum effort until they were 15,” he said. “Ferguson Jenkins, Kenny Rogers, there were no major number of games played before the age of 14.

“Now we have kids 8, 9 and 10 playing 80 games a year, and someone has to pitch,” he added. “Our orthopedic guy (with the Rangers) has done six elbow transplant surgeries this year on 14-year-olds. There were something like 50 of those surgeries this year in the major and minor leagues. Kids are getting hurt before age 14, before the growth plates (in their arms) are developed. Once they start throwing maximum-effort pitches, the internal clock on the arm is ticking, and we don’t know who can last longer than the other.”

Watch Jim Sundberg’s 2010 Texas HOF Induction speech

Sundberg is a former MLB catcher known for being one of the best defensive catchers of his era. He played for a number of MLB teams, mostly for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, with whom he won a World Championship. He is a devout Christian who openly speaks about his faith in God

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