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Scientific study by coach Ernesto Avila backs my belief that drop to 14-pounders didn’t cost me hitting power

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2022 8:00 am
Peruvian national team coach Ernesto Avila instructs a player. Photo courtesy Ernesto Avila.
When I dropped from 15-pounders to 14-pounders a few years ago, it was a decision I had to make because my creaky 3-operation wrist had reached the point where it really couldn’t handle 15s anymore. When I had bone-graft reconstructive surgery in 1989 with the world’s best hand surgeon, Dr. Ronald Linscheid of the Mayo Clinic, he told me I’d probably never bowl competitively at a high level again. He underestimated his own skills and my will and pain tolerance, as 28 of my...