Baseball reacts to the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe
Although he is one of the most revered names in the baseball community at large, Dr. Jobe's main baseball ties came with the Dodgers, whom he had worked for from 1964 up until his death. His biggest breakthrough came in 1974, when he decided to perform an experimental surgery on then-Dodgers pitcher Tommy John, transplanting a tendon to replace the torn ulnar collateral ligament in John's left elbow. The surgery was a supreme success - John went on to pitch for 14 more years and win 164 more games - and now bears John's name.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that Dr. Jobe's "wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-century, but all of our Clubs" and "his enthusiasm to mentor his peers made the National Pastime stronger."
Numerous members of the baseball family also took to Twitter to express their feeling on the loss of Jobe, with John himself releasing the following statement through the Dodgers:
Tommy John on the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe: pic.twitter.com/q07VYZ7Ymk- Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 7, 2014
He change my life!! Gave me back my career!! I will miss him and I am eternally grateful!!! Dr. Frank Jobe- Orel Hershiser (@OrelHershiser) March 7, 2014
Dr. Jobe not only put us back together. He also had the greatest bed side manner! Time to calm a young mans fears about his future!!- Orel Hershiser (@OrelHershiser) March 7, 2014
Thank you Dr. Jobe for giving me a second chance to play the game I love. I am forever grateful for your innovative thinking. #RIP- Jeremy Hefner (@jeremy_hefner53) March 7, 2014
Wouldn't have a career without Dr. Frank Jobe R.I.P. Thoughts to his loved ones #noUCLnoProblem- Vinnie Pestano (@VinnieP52) March 7, 2014
@Joba_44: Dr. Frank Jobe passed away today. Thoughts and prayers. As a player with tommy john and still playing, I THANK U!- Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) March 7, 2014
Just saw Dr Jobe passed away. He invented the surgery that gave me a chance to have a 10+yr as an MLB player. Baseball owes him a lot!- C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer) March 7, 2014
So sad to hear Dr. Jobe passed away...amazing doc who saved countless sports careers & an even more amazing person- Shawn Green (@shawngreen15) March 7, 2014
Besides being an amazing doctor, Dr. Jobe was a remarkable man. He will be missed.- Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) March 7, 2014
Sorry to hear of the passing of Dr Frank Jobe. He was one of the greatest sports surgeons who ever lived. Prolonged many careers. RIP.- Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) March 7, 2014