Re: "Old-timers" sound off on pitch counts
There are a couple of good points buried in there:
1. The distinction between throwing and pitching.
There are no two ways around it -- pitching at game speed is an unnatural act that puts great strain on the body parts involved. But you can build up those parts without pegging the needle, the same way a marathon runner doesn't train by running marathons. I've heard many pitching coaches like Mazzone preaching the values of throwing more without necessarily pitching more.
2. Guys got hurt in the old days, too. But when every kid in America played baseball and organizations had more farm teams and they didn't have much money invested in prospects, they could afford to practice Darwinism. Now they can't.
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