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Pitch Counts

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In the past month two pitchers have been pulled from games while in the process of throwing a no-hitter. In general, pitchers today don’t throw as many pitches as they used to. What’s the deal with pitch counts? Do they really help keep pitchers healthy? Or do they prevent them from building the endurance they need to have long careers?

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Arsen Kashkashian on September 05, 2010 22:43

Mark Prior is tearing it up in an Independent League. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get an invite next spring. Apparently, he has changed his delivery.

I remember Marshall and House as pitchers and even though you don't have to be a great pitcher to be a great pitching coach, Marshall certainly had the edge on the field. No one will ever use a reliever again like he was used for a few years in the early 1970s.

Alex Reisner on September 07, 2010 23:57

It appears Prior just signed with the Rangers three days ago and has already pitched his first MLB-affiliated game in 4 years. Good call!

And yeah, Marshall was one-of-a-kind. Here he explains how pitching permanently deformed his arm, and how he feels about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mdbBARSkLc

If you poke around some more on YouTube you can also find some pretty funny training videos made by some of his students, as well as his excellent demonstrations of screwball and curveball grip and release. He's amazingly articulate.


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