As pitchers make higher and higher salaries as the years go by, they also throw less pitches. Whose idea was it anyway that 100 pitches was going to be the limit for starting pitchers? I wonder if the person that thought of this great idea also realizes that this idea of limiting starting pitchers to 100 pitches may also have led to the rise in traumatic arm injuries that we have seen in the game lately. Pitchers these days have under-developed arms due to this crazy idea that pitchers should only be allowed to throw 100 pitches in a game. There was a time when a pitcher was a warrior. These days, pitchers are for a lack of a better word, pansies.
Since the year 2000, the amount of games where the starting pitcher has thrown over 125 pitches has steadily declined. In 2007, there were only 14 games the entire season where a starting pitcher threw at least 125 pitches. The game is suffering from pitch counts and so are the pitchers. It seems every year more and more teams try to protect their pitchers, yet every year we see star pitchers succumb to arm injuries. Pitchers used to pitch until they couldn’t lift their arm anymore or until they couldn’t get anyone out anymore. If I see one more starting pitcher that is pitching a shut out get pulled from the game with two outs left in the ninth inning, simply because they are over 110 pitches, I will lose my mind. And these pitchers happily walk off the mound. How about having some pride and telling the manager to get his fat expletive back in the dugout so you can finish what you started. These pitchers aren’t tired. They are professional athletes! They are still getting batters out and throwing with the same velocity as they did earlier in the game. Would Bob Gibson let his manager take him out of the game? How about Nolan Ryan? I don’t even think their managers would have the backbone to walk out of that dugout in the direction of the pitchers mound. You know why? They were warriors.
I’m not really sure why teams have made this 100 pitch count so important. I’m sure it has something to do with protecting their million dollar investments, but I haven’t seen many pitchers careers extended since adopting the pitch count, nor have I seen a decline in arm injuries. So what’s the point? Let these pitchers start earning their paychecks and gain back their warrior image on the mound. The fans will be happy you did.