How’d Rolling Stone miss Kantkowski…didn’t he play slap xaphoon in “Bum Gristle Dessert”?
Jerry Reuss, the longtime Las Vegan who won 220 games in the big leagues and pitched until he was 41, said 100 pitches in his day - 1969 to 1990 - was just getting warmed up.
In his first start after getting out of the U.S. Army, Reuss pitched 11 innings in a Triple-A game for Tulsa and got a no-decision. With Pittsburgh in 1974, he went 13 innings against the Cardinals.
“I pitched in games that would have gotten the farm director, the manager and the pitching coach fired,” Reuss said, adding that only rudimentary pitch counts were kept and they had little impact on whether a guy stayed in the game.
I am not a doctor, have not played one on TV and, on a sports writer’s salary, prefer Motel 6 to Holiday Inn Express. But if pitchers began to go seven and eight innings again, their arms probably would get stronger over time. And before long, like Marichal and Spahn, they could pitch until the cows or the man on first came home in extra innings.
...My other theories regarding today’s pitchers is that they are pansies, or that Verlander’s real name is Tony Stark and that he’s Ironman.