Sport: The Bullpen Brain

Though it earns him $80,000 a year and a considerable amount of psychic satisfaction, baseball to Mike Marshall is a mere "diversion." Thus the Los Angeles Dodgers' star relief pitcher skipped three weeks of spring training this year to continue working on his doctorate in physiological psychology at Michigan State. Instead of resting his valuable right arm, he often catches for fellow pitchers before games; normally he spends less than a minute warming up when the Dodgers call on him. Moreover, he bucks a basic law of pitching, even relief pitching, by playing...

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