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    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    Is jumping from 167 to 211 really that big of a jump? Was Dusty just supposed to not pitch Prior in the playoffs? Wouldn't that have been an organizational decision rather than a Dusty decision?
    It's massive, when you have the benefit of hindsight.

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    Out of 100 percent, what percent is it Dusty Baker's fault that Mark Prior is not a great pitcher today?

    If we are assigning blame I'd just like to see some perspective.

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    Just some thoughts about some of the stuff discussed in this thread.

    1. I do think we've progressed quite a bit in 10 years in the understanding of pitch counts, innings progressions and increasing the odds that we can keep young arms healthier.

    2. Blaming Dusty and the Cubs for what happened to Prior seems a lot like blaming the mid-evil "healer" for treating some one with a bacterial infection with leeches.

    3. Just because there are examples of guys who have made massive innings jumps with no ill effects does not mean that the current trend of limiting innings jumps and pitch counts is a worthless general practice. I'm sure there are examples of people who have smoked 2 packs a day without ever experiencing heart disease or lung cancer and others who have lived the model lifestyle yet still been stricken, it doesn't mean it would be in the best interests of a person's health to smoke. I feel the same way about innings progressions and pitch count limits. There will be guys who stay healthy even if they are "abused" and others who will be handled carefully and still end-up with injuries. It doesn't mean that following the general practice in order to increase the odds of staying healthy is a worthless practice. IMO, it would be irresponsible to go against this current "wisdom." It's not a guarantee, no one ever claimed it was, but thowing caution to the wind with a young arm is crazy IMO. I hope the Reds follow some version of this with Aroldis Chapman this year (though Chapman is a little older than the traditional 30 innings jump theory which mostly has been intended for kids 23 and under).

    4. Of course money is a motivator in how these arms are handled. Money is the motivator for everything in professional sports.
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    You have to go with best current practice, which changes as we learn more. And we're always learning more, whether you're talking about baseball or knee surgery.

    I very much like the job Dusty is doing with the Reds and am hesitant to go after him for things that have happened in the past, but yes, his handling of Prior is likely part of the reason for his injuries. Upper management also deserves some of the blame. We know more now, and I don't see this repeating, at least partially because of what happened to Prior.

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    You have to go with best current practice, which changes as we learn more. And we're always learning more, whether you're talking about baseball or knee surgery.

    I very much like the job Dusty is doing with the Reds and am hesitant to go after him for things that have happened in the past, but yes, his handling of Prior is likely part of the reason for his injuries. Upper management also deserves some of the blame. We know more now, and I don't see this repeating, at least partially because of what happened to Prior.
    Mostly agree, but one has to wonder if the 23 year old Homer Bailey hadn't piled-up the 60+ inning jump in 2009 if the shoulder woes in 2010 and 2011 wouldn't have occurred. Had Homer's 2012 happened sooner without the injuries and he had a couple of years like 2012 in 2010 and 2011, he'd be looking at a $100 Million deal in the near future.

    I think Homer's added muscle helped keep him healthier in 2012, but you have to wonder if the young age innngs jump played a part in his 3 stints on the DL wth shoulder woes. That wasn't in the dark ages, but it was with Dick Pole involved (as was Prior's handling). We haven't seen anything like that since Pole left town. I have wonder how much Pole's seeming refusal to consider current wisdom is actually what he believes and, if so, how much it had to do with Walt stepping in and making the move to Price. It may have nothing to do with it and Pole may actually embrace the current wisdom, we'll never really know.
    Last edited by mth123; 03-03-2013 at 12:10 AM.
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    I have often said that Walt Jocketty's best move as Reds General Manager was hiring Bryan Price to be the pitching coach. Maybe Dusty Baker should get some of that credit too. I don't know whose idea it was to go after Price, but managers are usually given a lot of input when it comes time to build a coaching staff.

    Bryan Price has done a magnificent job with the Reds' pitching staff. I am confident that Price is truly the guy making the decisions when it comes to how to handle the Reds pitchers. Dusty has input and makes the final decision, but 99% of handling the staff is all Bryan Price.

    I am confident that Price is well aware of all the saber studies that have shown just how dangerous it is to overwork pitchers and how much their performance declines as their pitch counts climb. There is so much more information out there today compared to what was available in 2003. The body of knowledge has skyrocketed and has propelled the science of pitching to great new heights. Price seems fully up to date and may even be ahead of the curve. I believe Dusty follows his advice. I don't think we will see Dusty abusing pitchers anymore. He has learned his lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    Just some thoughts about some of the stuff discussed in this thread.

    1. I do think we've progressed quite a bit in 10 years in the understanding of pitch counts, innings progressions and increasing the odds that we can keep young arms healthier.

    2. Blaming Dusty and the Cubs for what happened to Prior seems a lot like blaming the mid-evil "healer" for treating some one with a bacterial infection with leeches.

    3. Just because there are examples of guys who have made massive innings jumps with no ill effects does not mean that the current trend of limiting innings jumps and pitch counts is a worthless general practice. I'm sure there are examples of people who have smoked 2 packs a day without ever experiencing heart disease or lung cancer and others who have lived the model lifestyle yet still been stricken, it doesn't mean it would be in the best interests of a person's health to smoke. I feel the same way about innings progressions and pitch count limits. There will be guys who stay healthy even if they are "abused" and others who will be handled carefully and still end-up with injuries. It doesn't mean that following the general practice in order to increase the odds of staying healthy is a worthless practice. IMO, it would be irresponsible to go against this current "wisdom." It's not a guarantee, no one ever claimed it was, but thowing caution to the wind with a young arm is crazy IMO. I hope the Reds follow some version of this with Aroldis Chapman this year (though Chapman is a little older than the traditional 30 innings jump theory which mostly has been intended for kids 23 and under).

    4. Of course money is a motivator in how these arms are handled. Money is the motivator for everything in professional sports.
    Your smoking scenario is a perfect analogy to pitching. Some people can drink and smoke all their lives and still live to 85 years old. But it is still a proven fact that smoking is very dangerous to your health. You are much more likely to die a young, gruesomely painful death if you smoke than if you don't smoke. Perhaps that guy who made it to 85 while smoking would have made it to 100 if he had lived clean.

    Similarly, there are a few rare guys like Nolan Ryan who can pitch all day every day for 27 years and never suffer an injury or see their effectiveness decline. But it is still a proven fact that pitching too much is very dangerous to your health and will hurt your level of effectiveness. Nolan Ryan had a career ERA+ of 112, which is good but not that much better than average (compare it to Mark Prior's 179 ERA+ in 2003 for example). Perhaps Nolan Ryan would have delivered a much better career ERA if he had not been overworked so severely.

    Avoiding cigarettes is very likely to lead to a healthier, happier, longer life.
    Avoiding overworking your pitching arm is very likely to lead to pitching more effectively, suffering fewer injuries and having a longer career.

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    Re: Reds sign Mark Prior

    I do think references to an extreme outlier in terms of ability to handle a huge workload in terms of pitch counts and innings like Nolan Ryan are not that useful in this kind of discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling View Post
    Your smoking scenario is a perfect analogy to pitching. Some people can drink and smoke all their lives and still live to 85 years old. But it is still a proven fact that smoking is very dangerous to your health. You are much more likely to die a young, gruesomely painful death if you smoke than if you don't smoke. Perhaps that guy who made it to 85 while smoking would have made it to 100 if he had lived clean.

    Similarly, there are a few rare guys like Nolan Ryan who can pitch all day every day for 27 years and never suffer an injury or see their effectiveness decline. But it is still a proven fact that pitching too much is very dangerous to your health and will hurt your level of effectiveness. Nolan Ryan had a career ERA+ of 112, which is good but not that much better than average (compare it to Mark Prior's 179 ERA+ in 2003 for example). Perhaps Nolan Ryan would have delivered a much better career ERA if he had not been overworked so severely.

    Avoiding cigarettes is very likely to lead to a healthier, happier, longer life.
    Avoiding overworking your pitching arm is very likely to lead to pitching more effectively, suffering fewer injuries and having a longer career.
    Do you think pitching patterns leading to pitching health are as proven as studies done in smoking? If so, do you have any examples of such studies?

    I know this sounds facetious but it isn't. I would like to read those studies. To me, the idea seems pretty obvious but I'm not sure that it has really played out as many believe it has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    I do think references to an extreme outlier in terms of ability to handle a huge workload in terms of pitch counts and innings like Nolan Ryan are not that useful in this kind of discussion.
    Could Prior be a similar type of outlier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Prior threw 167 innings in 2002. He threw 231 in 2003.

    We just don't see young pitchers making that kind of jump anymore. Every team now believes that is far too much of a jump for an arm that young. And yeah, it is an organizational problem as well as a manager problem. There are multiple examples of Prior going out and throwing 15-20 extra pitches in blow out games down the stretch. That is entirely on the manager.
    Jarrod Parker went from 135 (immediately after TJ) to 214 in 2012.

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    Re: Reds sign Mark Prior

    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling View Post
    I have often said that Walt Jocketty's best move as Reds General Manager was hiring Bryan Price to be the pitching coach. Maybe Dusty Baker should get some of that credit too. I don't know whose idea it was to go after Price, but managers are usually given a lot of input when it comes time to build a coaching staff.

    Bryan Price has done a magnificent job with the Reds' pitching staff. I am confident that Price is truly the guy making the decisions when it comes to how to handle the Reds pitchers. Dusty has input and makes the final decision, but 99% of handling the staff is all Bryan Price.

    I am confident that Price is well aware of all the saber studies that have shown just how dangerous it is to overwork pitchers and how much their performance declines as their pitch counts climb. There is so much more information out there today compared to what was available in 2003. The body of knowledge has skyrocketed and has propelled the science of pitching to great new heights. Price seems fully up to date and may even be ahead of the curve. I believe Dusty follows his advice. I don't think we will see Dusty abusing pitchers anymore. He has learned his lesson.
    Couldn't agree more. I'm hoping that Price will become manager in 2015 after Dusty (theoretically) retires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Could Prior be a similar type of outlier?
    Not in my view. There are a lot more examples of guys who were ridden hard and broke than the hoss's like Ryan. WOY listed a bunch. It goes back generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    Mostly agree, but one has to wonder if the 23 year old Homer Bailey hadn't piled-up the 60+ inning jump in 2009 if the shoulder woes in 2010 and 2011 wouldn't have occurred. Had Homer's 2012 happened sooner without the injuries and he had a couple of years like 2012 in 2010 and 2011, he'd be looking at a $100 Million deal in the near future.

    I think Homer's added muscle helped keep him healthier in 2012, but you have to wonder if the young age innngs jump played a part in his 3 stints on the DL wth shoulder woes. That wasn't in the dark ages, but it was with Dick Pole involved (as was Prior's handling). We haven't seen anything like that since Pole left town. I have wonder how much Pole's seeming refusal to consider current wisdom is actually what he believes and, if so, how much it had to do with Walt stepping in and making the move to Price. It may have nothing to do with it and Pole may actually embrace the current wisdom, we'll never really know.
    This is a good point. If your speculation about Pole's role is correct, then it points to something that is always present when change takes place--a few will still be in influential positions who do not embrace the change that's taking place. This number should become fewer and fewer, and eventually those who hold on to methods that have been proven ineffectual (or even harmful) will find themselves without a voice.

    But it may take a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    I do think references to an extreme outlier in terms of ability to handle a huge workload in terms of pitch counts and innings like Nolan Ryan are not that useful in this kind of discussion.
    I never even considered Nolan Ryan to be human, so I agree.
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