Found February 17, 2013 on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land:
Back on January 22, Tom Verducci issued his annual "Year-After Effect" column.  Dubbed the "Verducci Effect" by Will Carroll, the theory is that pitchers who are under the age of 25 and see a 30+ innings pitched increase over the prior year are at risk for a decline in performance or even injury. However, the Verducci effect has been disproven time, after time, after time and is flawed at best.  So, should we be concerned that the Cardinals Joe Kelly was listed in Tom Verducci's column?  Probably not.  But that doesn't mean that there isn't something to Verducci's theory, even if it is flawed. You old-schoolers, like me, might remember the 1980-81 Oakland A's starting rotation who went through two years of abuse from manager Billy Martin.  For those of you who don't remember (or who weren't around at that time), Martin had an unreliable bullpen, but 5 good starters, so he pushed them to the limit. In 1980, the 5-some of Rick Langfo...
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