Baseball Innovators,..

October 20, 2007 at 8:03 pm (Baseball)

… here’s your chance.

It is my contention that when Louie Arroyo’s success helped make a six inning pitcher out of Whitey Ford in the early 1960s, it led to change of philosophy that has become detrimental to pitchers.

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Here’s a quote I came across:

“Too many pitchers, that’s all. There are just too many pitchers, ten or twelve on a team. Don’t see how any of them get enough work. Four starting pitchers and one relief man ought to be enough. Pitch ’em every three days and you’d find they’d get control and good, strong arms.”

Cy Young, Hall O’ Fame, award guy.

A perennial loser, like Pittsboig or Kansas City, needs to go out on a limb and go “back to the future,'” so to speak.

The place to start is the low minors. Take a June Draft and select all your pitchers from high school. Consult the old time pitchers and catchers, [Names to consider are the still vibrant Bob Feller, Robin Roberts, Del Crandall, and Charlie Silvera.] and establish a training regimen.

*Expect* complete games, win or lose, and you’re apt to get them.

Remember, Columbus took a chance.

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