Question Everything

As a pitcher, you owe it to yourself to question every single aspect of pitching. There is a whole lot of unfounded dogma out there for pitchers. For example, pitch counts have been recently accepted without any inquiry.

Instead, start asking “why” and “what would happen if”. Why are pitchers limited to 100 pitches? Why did they pick 100 pitches? Why not 80? What would happen if I threw 200 pitches?

Ask these questions and more about everything in pitching and you’ll be a lot better off. Because everyone who isn’t playing at the next level is listening to all of this dogma.

Quick answers:

Because pitchers started getting paid a lot more and owners were afraid of injury. So managers constructed a way to save their names from ridicule. To save your name, it is better to do something than to do nothing. They limited pitchers, so nobody could say they abused them. Also, humans love round numbers, that’s why its 100 instead of 80. 200 pitches would probably be perfectly okay for your arm if you’re entire body is prepared for it. Pitch counts essentially work on the true statement that the more tired you get, the less efficient your body is and the more likely you are to abandon good mechanics. However, nothing in the history of baseball has shown that to be anywhere near 100 pitches. (100 pitches has only been the standard for about 13 years. Before that the standard was….there was no standard! Pitchers routinely threw in the 150’s to 200’s and there were a lot less injuries). Keep asking why!