How was your week

Posted: August 5, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The top two pitchers acquired at the trade deadline made their first starts for there new teams as Sonny Gray started for the New York Yankees on Thursday and Yu Darvish took the mound for the Dodgers on Friday.

Gray made his start on the road against the Cleveland Indians. He lasted 6 innings giving up 4 runs with just 2 of them being earned on 4 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3. Gray threw 98 pitches, but ended up taking the loss as the Indians won the game 5-1. The loss evened Gray’s record at 6-6 this season, but his E.R.A. came down a couple of points to 3.41 on the season.

Darvish also made his first start for his new team on the road as he faced the New York Mets. Darvish pitched 7 innings and didn’t give up any runs. He allowed 3 hits while striking out 10 and walking 1 in the Dodgers 6-0 win. Darvish threw 99 pitches in his outing and with the win improved his record to 7-9 on the season. He also brought his E.R.A. down to 3.81.

While it’s just one start for each guy and you wish people wouldn’t jump to conclusions you know they will. Darvish did have the better first start, but Gray was probably facing the better line up. Darvish also got more run support than Gray did, but I don’t know how many people will see that. These guys will each have more starts down the road to be judge on as it’s too difficult to say that the Dodgers made the better trade after just one start.

The one take away from the game for me was that neither guy threw more than 100 pitches. In this new era of baseball 100 pitches seems to be the magic number as to when you take your starter out of the game. With the kind of money players make in today’s game it’s smart for teams to protect their pitchers as it seems as though just about everyone of them has had Tommy John surgery already. I am starting to wonder if will ever see pitchers get into the 7th, 8th or even 9th inning of games. Now the specialties of major league bullpens have had some affect on this, but there are other reasons for pitchers being handle the way they are now.

It use to be that after baseball season you moved on to the nest sport of that season. In the fall most athletes would play football or run cross country. Then come winter time there would be the basketball team or the wrestling team to play on. Then it was time for baseball season. There may have been more options for you, but these where the choices I had when I went to school. More or less what I’m saying is the lids got a break from a sport even if it as the sport they where best at. Now they may have done workouts for the sport they where best at, but it wasn’t their lively hood like it’s treated now.

It seems as though the way it’s treated now if you show talent at one sport at a young age; that’s your sport for life. Now in some cases it works out wonderfully. Bryce Harper’s parents realized he had a talent for baseball at a young age and his father managed his career to get him into the majors as soon as possible. Of course the question is how many kids who are dedicating their life to baseball right now are going to be the next Bryce Harper?

Now in the majority of these cases it’s not the kids fault. They are just simply listening to their parents. Now it’s understandable that every parent wants to see their child excel at whatever their chosen field might be, but there’s a point in time when you have to know when to pull back especially when it comes to throwing a baseball.

Throwing a baseball is one of the most unnatural motions a body can do. Now imagine if your a 8 or 9 year old kid and you’ve shown that you have pitching talent. How many pitched are you going to throw in your lifetime? and how long will your arm hold up? Now the league the kids play in have been trying to do their best to limit how much these kids throw with inning and pitch counts, but there’s no holding them back in the off season when the parents are in control.

So your baseball season ends and instead of looking into a new sport to play you go right into specialized pitching training. Now these are kids that are anywhere from age 8 to college players. Now even under the best supervision in the world; how much throwing is too much throwing for an arm? There are kids in high school who have had Tommy John surgery.

Now I get it and it’s probably I don’t have a kid to push into a sport and try to live out my dreams through, but you have to learn when to dial it down and give the kids a break. I don’t want to hear the garbage that they could get injured playing another sport because they could get that injury anywhere. They’re kids!

Now it would be nice to see Major League Baseball step up and try to help this situation out, but they’re never going to come out and tell kids to play other sports. Too be fair though none of the other major sports league would do that, The fact that it seems you have to throw 100 m.p.h. to get noticed by a major league team doesn’t help either as kids work to get to that number.

Now I don’t know when or why how hard you throw is what natters instead of how good of a pitcher you are. Think about this. A pitcher like Greg Maddux who won 355 games in his career might not even get a second look from a scout now because he never lit up the radar gun when he was pitching. Let that register for just a minute. A pitcher who is in the Hall of Fame and went in on his first ballot may not of ever played the game because of the way scouting has changed. Maddux is just the one example that popped into my mind, but I’m sure there are many, many more out there.

I remember when getting people out was the most important job the pitcher had, but now it seems like it’s how hard you throw. Of course the idea is for a pitcher to do both; throw hard and get people out, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of pitchers who have put the two together.

Well there’s my soap box about pitching. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comment section. Don’t forget that you can listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast live on but you can also listen to the podcast any time you want at

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