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Are Pitch Counts The Ultimate Answer For Injuries?
While it is smart to monitor pitch counts overall in games and especially be vigilant when pitchers throw long innings which really put stress on the upper body of pitchers, common sense should be the biggest factor.
Major League Baseball hemorrhaged more than half a billion dollars for players on the disabled list last season, and the answer to elbow and shoulder injuries is still an elusive mirage on the pro level despite pitch counts being carefully monitored on this level.
On the college, high school and youth baseball levels, elbow and shoulder surgeries to pitchers are costing parents millions of dollars each year. By and large, pitch counts are carefully monitored.
For years, the medical community has recommended that college and professional pitchers throw 120 or fewer pitches a game.
In the May 3 issue of Collegiate Baseball, we tackled the subject of pitch counts and pointed out that in the early 1960s one season, Sandy Koufax averaged 155 pitches per game which was not unusual for that era, according to the Cultural Encyclopedia Of Baseball.
Nolan Ryan was an absolute workhorse. He threw 235 pitches in a 12-inning game against the Red Sox in 1974. He also threw 241 pitches in a game for the Angels in the mid-1970s. Ryan believed he averaged between 160-180 pitches per game in 1974.
Major League Draft Will Start On June 6
The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6 p.m. (ET). One of the first players chosen is expected to be RHP Mark Appel of Stanford (left).
The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous season.
The Houston Astros will have the first overall selection of the 2013 Draft, marking the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in club history, that they hold the top selection (previous: 1976, 1992, 2012).
It also marks the second time ever that a club has the top pick in back-to-back years, joining the Washington Nationals, who held the first selection in 2009 and 2010.
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Nominations Are Now Open!
Collegiate Baseball’s 2013 Pitching Coach Of The Year
All officially rostered pitching coaches from all levels of collegiate baseball are eligible. Selection is based on the total coach profile. The nominee should exemplify the best qualities of a collegiate coach who represents his school with honor and dignity. He should be an outstanding mentor who trains and teaches the whole player, in both life skills off the field as well as competitive skills on the field.
Describe the nominee’s statistical achievements, years he has been a pitching coach, teaching techniques, special drills, bullpen workouts, weight training and conditioning regimens, charts and other reasons which show his outstanding coaching skills. Last year’s winner was Shaun Cole, pitching coach at the University of Arizona (left).
Deadline for nominations is July 15.