Originally Posted by Brutus
I think this whole "overworkikng" thing is baloney. That belief is based on a totally arbitrary and unsubstantiated belief that somehow the pitcher's arm begins tiring at 100 pitches magically and anything over 100 is abuse.
There is no magical number that constitutes abuse. People have tried and failed to connect any sort of pitch count as being the magical number.
If Prior were 29 at the time, there probably wouldn't be so much outrage over it. But he was 22. With a prior career high of 134 innings. Then he threw 231 innings at age 22, with a huge pitch count over the last 100 of those innings.