Monday, August 23, 2010

Against little league pitch count rules

It is dumb for the little league World Series to have an 85 pitch count rule.

Perhaps it makes sense during the season as a way to encourage responsible behavior by coaches.

But in the biggest tournament of their life? Probably for 99% of them, it won't get any better than this. They should be able to pitch until they can't pitch.

Quick, name all the little leaguers from the over 30 years of telecasts of 12 year old World Series that have made it to the pros?

There are a few but not even enough to make a 9 man lineup.

Why should a guy pitching a great game have to be taken out in the 5th inning with 1 out because he's thrown 85 pitches. At least they let them finish the batter.

Sometimes people trying to do good, in this case protect 12 year old arms, wind up doing bad.

If you're a 35 year old man, wouldn't you want to remember when you were 12 or 13 and pitched a no-hitter in the LLWS? Not possible today, unless you can do it in 85 pitches or less.

I would go back to the innings limit, before accepting the pitch limit.

But better yet, let kids be kids and play.

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