The Joba Rules & The 4 Man Rotation

So in one of the Sunday papers someone wrote a letter with the follow observation: Little League pitchers who are 10 and under are allowed to throw 75 pitches. 11 year olds can throw 85. If a player throws more than 61 pitches he has to wait three days.

We’re told that poor fragile joba will melt if he throws too much and needs to be “conditioned.” Ok fine.

While the Yankees are conditioning him (by throwing 75 to 77 pitches) why not condition him to throw every fourth day? For years and years and years pitchers were able to throw in a four man rotation. No really. Guys did this for twenty year careers!

When I was a lad pitchers were able to throw complete games! No, really! Pitchers would regularly throw 7, 8 sometimes even 9 innings. If you had an ERA over 3 you weren’t that good and if you had an ERA over 4 you “sucked.” No, really – look it up.

So how about it Yankees? Have him throw every fourth day and just announce that it was the plan all along!

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