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First Pitch: More On Closer Values and Roles

First Pitch: More On Closer Values and Roles

After yesterday's first pitch article, I was given the link to this similar article by Tom Verducci on the usage of closers, and the injury rates of pitchers in general. It's a great article, and I recommend you take a moment to read it. My thoughts on the article:

**There seemed to be a theme that injuries to pitchers are inevitable, so teams shouldn't stick to the limitations, such as 100 pitches for starters. I agree with the idea that injuries to pitchers can be inevitable, but I think that's because the arm wasn't made to rotate at the speed it needs to rotate in order to throw 90 MPH. I think there's something to be said for the pitch counts. Look at the Pirates. How many major injuries have their pitching prospects had the last few years? Compare that to ten years ago when every single pitching prospect went down with a major injury. The Pirates are very strict with pitch counts in the minors. Injuries will happen, but you can't deny that they have been greatly reduced in this ...

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