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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Foul Ball? PSAL announces varsity baseball pitch counts

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Foul Ball? PSAL announces varsity baseball pitch counts

Our friends at the New York State Sportswriter Association picked a great story from downstate New York, but will be something to really warm things up during the hot-stove season in the state.

The PSAL has gone ahead and instituted a pitch count for baseball pitchers in New York City. Hurlers throwing the maximum 105 pitches in a game will be required to get four days of rest before throwing in another game, and those throwing 76-90 pitches will need three days of rest. It'll be two mandatory days for 51-75 pitches and one day for a pitcher throwing 26-50 pitches.

This isn't new, Little League Baseball, Inc. has a pitch count system designed to save the young arms and Babe Ruth Basebal League, Inc. utilizes an innings system with mandated rest days.

But should there be one at the high school level?

These are paid professionals (don't start the hate mail here), most are educators and not typecast over zealous parents, but should there be restrictions?

I'm open to thoughts, comments, etc. e-mail me at shudy@saratogian.com.

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