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Friday, May 13, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2016

Connie Mack, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1916:

“I am going to start Elmer Myers against the St. Louis team today…There are three reasons why Myers will pitch. First, I think it will help to improve his control, and with control he will be one of the best youngsters I have uncovered in many a moon. Again, he is what I have been hunting for—a fellow who thrives under work, who loves to pitch and who can stand it and improve under it. The third reason is that Myers asked me if he could work on Saturday.

I picked this story to link today because I don’t have any idea what Mack was doing. On May 8, Myers threw a complete game and walked seven batters. On May 11, with two days rest, Myers threw a complete game and walked ten batters. On May 13, with one day rest, Myers threw a complete game and walked six batters. According to Tangotiger’s pitch count estimator, Elmer Myers threw approximately 433 pitches between May 8 and May 13, 1916.

There’s no indication that Myers injured himself as a result of this stretch, but I’m having a tough time wrapping my brain around the amount of crazy on display here.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Japan Times: Marathon bullpen sessions remain question of culture

Pitch counts - we don’t need no stinkin’ pitch counts!

Last week, Seibu Lions right-hander Ryoma Nogami threw 75 pitches before an intrasquad game, 23 during the game, and 304 more in the bullpen afterward, totalling 402 on the day. Elsewhere around Japan this spring, the Chiba Lotte Marines’ Hideaki Wakui has thrown 205 pitches during a bullpen session, while Orix Buffaloes duo Daiki Tomei and Tatsuya Sato have had sessions of 210 and 201, respectively.

Japanese baseball is known for long, hard spring practices. Still, there is an argument to be had about how much is too much. It’s hard to fathom that, even for a professional, throwing over 400 pitches in a single day isn’t a bit excessive.

vortex of dissipation Posted: February 23, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
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