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Friday, May 29, 2009

Bill Conlin is confused again

Bill Conlin wrote an article today about how he thinks pitch counts are bad for baseball. I don't know if pitch counts are necessary (most pitchers are yanked from a game when they reach 100), but the following quote is just absurd. Conlin is describing Nolan Ryan's directive to the Texas Rangers organization to stop using pitch counts, instead focusing more on mechanics:

"[Nolan Ryan] will expect Rangers pitchers to become more fit, to make stamina and mechanical correctness the new balance point of their careers, not a half-baked theory based on absolutely zero empiric evidence that throwing fewer pitches on a given day somehow will reduce arm injuries."

Does Conlin seriously believe throwing more pitches doesn't increase the chance of injury? I don't think a pitcher has ever injured his throwing arm while sitting in the clubhouse. Usually, a pitcher's arm injury usually happens, you know, on the mound. To his throwing arm. After a pitch. If that pitch was never thrown, he would not have been injured. Pretty simple.

I'm too young to remember Conlin's days as the Phils' beat writer, but right now he just seems like an old, angry dude who is unhappy with every part of the game that has changed in the last 40 years. But that's just my take.

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