The evidence strongly points to most injuries being the result of overuse, particularly kids throwing too many pitches. We at the Times have heard of high-schoolers throwing as many as 158 pitches in a game this season. That’s more than any major-leaguer threw last season.
I want to make this clear: no state has a pitch-count rule, so this is not only a Washington issue. The president of the Washington Baseball Coaches Association said he’s worried about administering a pitch-count limit, who would track it and what arguments it could spur on the field.
Undoubtedly, pitch counts are only one dimension of a more complicated problem. But they are the most quantitative way to measure how far a pitcher has gone, and to judge if he has hit fatigue (remember, throwing past fatigue increases the risk of surgery 36 times).
So would you welcome a pitch-count rule, and what else can be done to help pitchers avoid going under the knife?
1. Spencer Graham, Kentridge, baseball. In a 21-16 game — 21-16! — he had three home runs and seven RBI, including a grand slam in the fifth.
2. Justin Veltung, Puyallup, boys soccer. Had three assists in a 3-0 win that clinched the SPSL South for the Vikings.
3. Cody Porter, Lake Stevens, baseball. Went 3-for-4 with a home run for Lake Stevens, which scored two runs in the seventh for an 8-7 win.