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Saturday, January 21, 2012

NYT: Q. & A. With Tom Seaver

Q. Ryan has campaigned against pitch counts. Do you agree?

A. There’s nothing wrong with pitch counts. But there’s an addendum to that. I presume Nolan thinks the same way. But it isn’t a blanket pitch count. People say, “I bet the pitch count drives you nuts.” Heck no. I had a pitch count. My pitch count as a general rule was 135. And I knew how many pitches I had when I went to the mound for the last three innings. And I wasn’t going to spend eight pitches on the No. 8 hitter. On the second or third pitch, he should be hitting a ground ball to shortstop. It might not work like that all the time. But theoretically, you have an approach about how you’re spending your bullets.

There’s nothing wrong with pitch counts. But not when it’s spit out by a computer and the computer does not look at an individual’s mechanics. And you can’t look at his genes. It should come from the individual and the pitching coach and the manager.

Q. Will your former manager Gil Hodges, a former Dodger, ever get into the Hall of Fame?

A. I don’t know. Everybody in the New York area wonders why he’s not in. His numbers are high middle. But what else did he do? He was the leader on that ball club that went to the World Series and beat the Yankees. He was the leader of a ball club and franchise that went to the World Series. If you look at his body of work I say yes. Absolutely.

Q. Should steroid users be allowed into the Hall of Fame?

A. The commissioner and baseball has to figure that out. They’re going to have guys that have great numbers not in the Hall of Fame. They have to figure that out.

Thanks to Wrecki.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 05:36 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Morty Causa Posted: January 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4042104)
And I wasn’t going to spend eight pitches on the No. 8 hitter.


And Nolan Ryan was.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: January 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM (#4042115)
didn't read the article, just the excerpt and surprisingly good comments. I love that he mentions he had a pitch count, sure it's higher, and it's probably not a hard limit, but he acknowledges that in the past they used to look at pitch counts.
   3. Jose Canusee Posted: January 22, 2012 at 08:02 AM (#4042275)
"He was the leader on that ball club that went to the World Series and beat the Yankees"
I guess he meant the '55 Dodgers but my first thought was that he was thinking that 1969 was a Subway Series. I'll let his conteporaries decide whether he was more of a leader than the several HOF players from that team, to say he was "the" leader.

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