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Saturday, June 04, 2016

How a 157-pitch game in Kansas explains everything wrong with youth baseball - Yahoo Sports

The KSHSAA rules, by which Hudson said West would continue to abide, are actually quite terrible. The nine-inning threshold is too arbitrary. Allowing a pitcher to go 12 innings over a 48-hour period is inviting trouble. If Kansas wanted to stop this, it could do what Illinois, Texas, Minnesota and other states are trying: implement hard-and-fast pitch-count rules.

This won’t eliminate pitching injuries. Nothing will. Throwing a baseball at high velocities can be dangerous even among the most coddled kids. And clean movement patterns or superior genetics spare others from the pain of injuries. No easy solution exists. What coaches can do is play the odds, and those say the less overuse for a child who pitches, the less likely he is to get injured. I’d love to tell this to any coach who wants to talk about it and understand more on the subject – even Jeff Hoover.

He’s got my number. I don’t expect a call. I hope I’m wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 34 comment(s)
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