Vance Worley: The Sweating Man. (AP)CLEARWATER, Fla. — Thomas Edison famously said that "Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."
Well, if Edison sweated as much as Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vance Worley, he would have beaten Alexander Graham Bell to the inventing the telephone, too.
Worley is, as Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler has awkwardly said, "a sweater." Worse yet, his propensity to perspire is messing with his development.
"I sweat a lot," Worley said Sunday at Phillies camp. "I do as much as I can to keep my hand dry — rosin bags — but ... genetics, man. You can't beat 'em. My dad [Scott Worley], I thank him every day for that."
Worley might find it ironic (or at least coincidental) that "Vance" means "marshland" in old English. He was destined to be waterlogged!
Worley was laughing as he bemoaned his sweaty genes, but he would like to continue or improve upon his rookie season of 2011, when he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting by posting a 3.01 ERA and an 11-3 won-loss record in 21 starts. Even as he was dominating, Worley worried about what would happen once the rest of the league caught on to his sinker. He didn't experiment much with a change-up last season — the Phillies didn't want to mess with what was working — but Worley isn't waiting any longer to expand his repertoire.Read More »from Vance Worley’s toughest opponent: His own sweat?