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- Aug 9, 2004
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- Mt. Pleasant, SC
Sounds like September baseball. They used to expand the rosters up to 40 players which allowed those shenanigans.You will never please everyone and most times upset most everyone. I like this move. I am not as big of an MLB fan as I used to but last year I remember stopping to watch a game. In about 15mts I saw about two pitches and I think three pitchers. When I tuned in a big hit or maybe a walk had just occurred. Out trots the pitching coach (also stupid) for a pitching change. One pitch, one hit with pitching injury. Out trots again the coach for another pitching change with unlimited injury warm-up. I think I changed it...so I guess it was one pitch. Ridiculous.
The game mound has a very different feel from the bullpen mound. I have coached baseball and can tell you that for a fact. It is better, but by no means are they equal. It is also about the visual aspect as well. You are in a confined area warming up, compared to the sudden vastness of the real field. It is a visual depth perception thing. More than just; it is not as bad as it use to be thing.I bet it’s probably a relic from when bullpen mounds were junk or even non-existent. Give the pitcher a few throws from the real mound before going live.
Don’t really have that issue anymore.
I think it is primarily done because managers are playing the numbers rather than the pitchers not being able to do it. If you're defending a one-run lead in the 7th inning, every hitter is potentially game-changing. The managers might see that changing from a right-handed pitcher to a left-handed pitcher drops the hitter's average by 80 points, they make that move.If you can't pitch to more than one batter at the professional level, then you shouldn't even be a professional. Changing pitchers every batter is beyond insanity.