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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Stephen Strasburg, Evil Knievel, Jim Lehrer…and much, much more!
Is David Wright back on a Hall of Fame trajectory? What would you put his chances at?
He’s in fairly good shape. I would put his chances at a little bit better than 50/50. Among players born in 1982, the only one who has a better Hall of Fame resume at this point is Robinson Cano.
Hey Bill, The most anti-Strasburg decision I can remember was the “Billy-Ball” A’s of the early 1980’s. They had more complete games by far than any other team with Mike Norris, Brian Kingman, and I forget who else. Billy Martin got his wins but the pitchers were barely heard from again. It didn’t matter to him as he was with several other teams, but the organization and the pitchers were harmed. So, where was the responsibility?
It was a question of understanding. Billy Martin insisted—and I don’t doubt that he truly believed—that this usage pattern would not harm his young pitchers. Local Bay-Area sportswriters almost universally accepted that this was true and insisted that it was true. Interpreting it charitably, it wasn’t that they were irresponsible, but that they just didn’t know any better.
It clearly was NOT a widely accepted doctrine at that time that a pitcher’s arm would be damaged by throwing too many pitches in a game. That came to be accepted doctrine in the mid-1980s, in large part BECAUSE of the Oakland experience, and also because of the work of Craig Wright and others.
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