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NYC forces baseball coaches to post pitch counts

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on May 13, 2010 at 11:40 am with No Comments »
May 13, 2010 11:43 am

Last week I posted this blog entry about California exploring the possibility of banning aluminum bats. Now there’s this story in the New York Times that New York City’s Public School Athletic League is going to require baseball coaches to keep track of pitch counts and post them on the league website.

Two city councilmen have pressured P.S.A.L. officials into monitoring pitchers this season with the expectation that more defined policies will be established next year.

Under legislative threat, the P.S.A.L. agreed to have coaches keep track of pitch counts, submit them with game results and post them on the league’s Web site.

“They are moving in the direction they need to move,” said Lewis A. Fidler, a Brooklyn councilman and chairman of the Youth Services Committee. “The arrangement is to get a rule, not a recommendation.”

There is no pitch limit in the PSAL, but it sounds like that’s the direction the state lawmakers want to go. There are no pitch counts for high school players in Washington, either. I’ve written about this before and it’s my experience that most high school baseball coaches won’t let a player throw a certain amount of pitchers. There are a few coaches that do risk it and leave in a pitcher for an extra inning or two, feeling pressure to win the game.

What do you think? Should there be pitch count limits in high school baseball? If there is a cap, what’s the number — 60, 80, 100, 120 pitches?

Are you in favor of implementing pitch counts for high school baseball players?

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