Originally Posted by 651akathePaul
Not buying it. Over use, my ***. Pitchers these days are pampered. It's because they're not
throwing enough when they're coming up.
How's this dude seriously think that kids these days would throw more than older generations when a ball was most all those kids knew?
Well thats been proven to be incorrect.
They did a 10 year study following pitchers from little, high school to college/pro
the number 1 factor for future injury was overuse as young player. players back in the day in played less, they played different sports in the winter, spring and summer and didn't pitch all the time didn't practice as much.
Dude to competition and specialization, young pitchers start pitching younger and pitch year round. Thats what leads to injury, the players who pitched a lot when they were young got hurt the most.
Not to mention pitch counts being higher back then, shorter rest between starts, etc...I think he's giving this generation a cop out.
a factor your missing, due to modern reliever usage. a guy coming out of the bull pen throwing max effort every fast ball is better then a tired starting pitcher. Could justin verlander pitch as many innings as Old Hoss Radbourn? Yeah he could, but in inning 8, 9, at pitch 200 he's not going to be better than Kyle Farnsworth coming out throwing 97.
back in the day, pitchers weren't expected to go max effort all the time, while they could get it up to 93, 94, 95, it wasn't need on a consistent basis like it is now.
hitters became too good.
avg fastball velocity in 2002 was 89.9
some of it is more efficient mechanics, bigger athletes, but a lot of it is requiring pitchers to dial it up to near max effort on every fastball.
Competition in a market often leads specialization.
so no they aren't being "babied"