Originally Posted by dougdirt
I will tell him exactly what I posted earlier in this thread: Every team in baseball now has rules set up to avoid both the jump in innings you made for pitchers that were your age as well as avoiding the total number of pitches in even one single game that you averaged over your final 13 starts of 2003. They do that for a reason. They all believe that it will help keep young pitchers healthy because they all believe that going against that greatly increases the risk of injury to young pitchers.
It isn't that I alone know better. It is that every team in baseball now does.
Still, you apply that to one case, and basically tell Prior he is ignorant if he doesn't think Dusty "ruined his arm." That is the hubris. Maybe he knows the truth about himself more than you do as a far away observer typing on a keyboard.
BTW, your entire response begs the question. Surely your parents explained the "just because everybody's doing it" principle to you. That a profession practices something does not make it a best practice. It makes it conventional wisdom. We could have quite a chuckle at a lot of practices in a lot of industries that were done by everybody but were proven to be unnecessary or actually were detrimental. Who knows with this practice. It'd be hard to document without crossing the lines of self-fulfilling prophecies.