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Friday, October 23, 2015

Pitchers as Efficiency Experts – The Hardball Times

The smallest pitch counts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch counts, pitching

Friday, September 04, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 4, 1915:


Walter Breymeier, aged 18, pitcher for the Proctor Recreation Centers, a semi-professional team, [yesterday] pitcher 34 innings in a double-header against Keifer’s Colts, another semi-professional team. The first game was called at the end of the eleventh inning, with the score 0 to 0, while he won the afternoon game for his team, 5 to 4, with a single in the twenty-third inning. It took three hours and 30 minutes to complete the second game.

I don’t see anyone named Breymeier on BB-Ref, so he probably never played professional ball. It’s anybody’s guess how his arm responded to 34 innings in one day.

And it took more than three hours to play a baseball game? That’s just lunacy, even if it did last 23 innings.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, pitch counts

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Al Newman gets fine, suspension from Northwoods League for violating pitch count rule

Dusty Baker would have been banned from this league forever.

Alexandria Blue Anchors manager Al Newman wanted to give his pitcher an opportunity to throw a complete game on Monday afternoon against the Willmar Stingers.

It’s a move that ended up costing him a 14-game suspension and a $1,000 fine from the Northwoods League (NWL). Newman says he thought he was within the legal pitch-count guidelines set forth by the NWL when he sent Angelo State’s Graylon Brown out for the ninth inning on June 29.

“I never even gave it consideration,” Newman said on Thursday morning. “I thought the rule was that he can’t start an inning after 100 pitches. So when he didn’t have 100 pitches, in speaking with the pitching coach [Travis Lawler], we decided kids need to learn how to finish. He was pitching an outstanding game, had not had a stressful inning the whole game. In essence, yes, I broke the rule. I’m not going to say I would do it again because it’s a league rule, but I’m being punished for going past the 110 pitch limit with Graylon Brown.”

Northwoods League pitching guidelines state that a pitcher cannot begin a new inning after throwing 100 pitches and also can’t face a new batter after throwing 110 pitches or more.



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