Constructive gadfly
Published on October 18, 2008 By stevendedalus In Baseball

Starting Pitchers

I believe it is time for the starting pitchers to form their own union in order to demand respect. Pitch counts should stop being the mantra for disallowing a pitcher from finishing a game which he obviously has under control. Further, he should be able to argue with the manager who is in the process of giving him the hook.

The union should be titled the Dangerfield Union. 


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on Oct 20, 2008

I think Tampa Bay will be the first ones to sign up!  They had it in the bag and almost blew it!  4 pitchers in 1 inning????

on Oct 24, 2008

Yeah, it was unbelievable with the Kazmir coasting along on a 7-0 lead and the manager thinking of preserving him for the WS opener!

on Oct 26, 2008

Yeah, it was unbelievable with the Kazmir coasting along on a 7-0 lead and the manager thinking of preserving him for the WS opener!

Them eggs were not even incubated!

on Oct 26, 2008

Do pitchers even complete games anymore?  I think they get enough respect already. Today if a pitcher goes just 6 innings and gives up 3 runs it's considered a "quality start". So in other words a pitcher with a 4.50 era is a "quality" pitcher. To me, that's too much respect.

 

on Nov 02, 2008
UDig True, but starters with much lower ERA should be given the respect to finish a game when possible and forget about counting pitches.
on Nov 03, 2008

UDig True, but starters with much lower ERA should be given the respect to finish a game when possible and forget about counting pitches.

The good old days!  One wonders how ANY pitcher gets a no-hitter these days.

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