This is what you might call a new-fashioned debate, because it’s about the baseball of now, the nouveau game that has stretched numbers up into the forests and around a million trees in the Klondike. It’s surprising they don’t keep stats on the number of times a player spits. They probably would, if it meant a bonus incentive, but it would get pretty messy.
Anyway, the 100-mph baseball question of the day is: Should the Washington Nationals shut down ace Stephen Strasburg once he has reached a certain number of innings pitched?
It wasn’t that long ago when such a notion couldn’t have come up in an LSD cloud. That was before pitch counts, when throwers just threw without having to wait for the alarm to go off. Can anyone imagine Juan Marichal heaving 225 pitches in a 16-inning start today? Those days are toast. Managers chain-smoke when starters reach 100.
...“What does Stephen have to say?” Randy Jones asks. “If he’s been laboring, I could see it; I might listen. I just think there are going to be a lot of regrets. I’m not going to buy it.
“Look, one year I had more innings at the All-Star break than Strasburg’s pitched this year. I was 16-3 and had 14 or 15 complete games. Let me put it to you that way, pal.”
Yeah. Let him put it to you that way, Mike Rizzo.
Pitch the kid.
Posted: August 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM | 69 comment(s)
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