Name: Steve Earle
You have to at least consider pitch count in today’s game. Any manager/GM/owner that doesn’t is a redneck and a dinosaur. Pitchers are too valuable, and they are asked to throw more different pitches at higher velocities than ever before. One hundred pitches going into the 9th? Depends on the pitcher, the batters he’ll face in the inning, importance of the game, etc. One thing’s for certain – you better get it right.
Name: Handsome Dick Manitoba
Everything depends on the situation, and all the microscopic aspects involved: Who the pitcher is, how deep in the season we are, and what the relief options are. I think, after watching our very own Joe Girardi on a daily basis, there is too much importance based on stats in general, and not enough importance placed on “instinct” and “the moment”. (Girardi and his ####### “book”!) My thinking: “Who is my pitcher, how durable is he, how much has he thrown this season, were the hundred pitches a laboring hundred, or an in-command, fairly easy hundred?” Based on all of the above, I would probably let him start the ninth. I believe pitchers should be stronger and less babied than they are these days. I hate the automatic “go to the closer” era we have been in for years
Name: Ken Casey
Band: Dropkick Murphys
These guys make millions – let them pitch, for Christ’s sake!!!
Okay. Dropkick Murphy’s (Johnny & Tom) 166 career saves.