RIP The Waste Pitch
Pitch counts have killed the waste pitch. That pitch used to help a pitcher setup a hitter. Now coaches really don’t want their guys wasting any pitches because, (insert laugh here), they only have so many pitches in them each game. Odd how most pitchers are only allowed a hair over 100.
Early contact is the new catch phrase. Now pitchers talk about this over strikeouts, why? Less pitches. This is now are a priority. I think it’s ridiculous to try and get that. If you have heat and can setup and strikeout hitters why let them hit it?
We all hate pitchers that nibble and now this is a way to end that but it also makes pitchers analyze every pitch instead of instinctually doing what they do best and let the catcher guide him.
Pitchers talk about staying in the game, pitching at least seven-strong innings, to me this kind of mentality is wrong. Phil Niekro just about said that the other night during a Mets-Phillies game. Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey wants to pitch 9 and most times the Mets don’t allow him to.
Saving pitchers from arm injuries isn’t really working. The Kansas City Royals have had four pitchers go out for Tommy John surgery. 26 pitchers on at least 19 teams are out for the season or recovering from this injury (read more about it here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/23/3672928/alarmoverarms.html
The system is broken. The first team that brings back Leo Mazzone will save millions of dollars and might win a championship. He knows what works. Johnny Sain used to teach pitchers how to throw without injuring their arms. Watch this:
High-tech solutions in baseball should be balanced with older proven methods. Why did pitching coaches move away from that? When did it happen? It needs to change.