Tom Seaver, the best player to ever wear a New York Mets uniform, has forgotten more about pitching than any of us will ever know.
So, in explaining Matt Harvey’s injury, I am buying into his argument pitchers of today are babied. Up to a point.
SEAVER: Go to the whip on today’s pitchers.
We will never again see the likes of pitchers such as Seaver, who 11 times threw over 250 innings. Or Juan Marichal, who threw 30 complete games one season and 27 the next. Think about that for a moment. Fifty-seven complete games in two years is more than a pitcher starting his career today will likely have by the time he retires.
From the high school to college to the minor leagues to the majors, pitchers today are babied. They are handled with kid gloves. God forbid somebody throws over 100 pitches or works past the seventh inning.
They are babied in part because that’s the thinking of today’s managers and pitching coaches, who believe they are protecting their future assets.
That’s the key word...