Okay, a sports quiz.. Where is the only place in current professional athletics, being bigger, stronger, faster more flexible, fails?


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Well, pitchers of course, no contest.
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Pitchers of the forties, fifties and sixties threw many, many more innings, pitches, than current pitchers without injuries.
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These current day pitchers, on a whole are stronger, bigger, faster, more muscle per body fat and all the current over the counter supplements to enhance this advantage some more.
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A current phenom (pitcher) resembles more the fragility of a thoroughbred racing horse, than the consistent stalwarts of previous generations.
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Why?
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Easy, to many distraction, X-box, etc, we as kids played ball all day long.
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We threw constantly, our resources were few, so baseball was played all day long in the summer.
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An arm was under heavier loads and could withstand close to twice the pitches or innings thrown.
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At one time relief pitchers did not exist.
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In a game in the thirties I believe, a pitcher threw both games of a double header, the first one right handed, the second one left.
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Stats like complete games, now an entire teams complete games were matched by one pitcher in the forties and fifties on the same team.
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A good start now, is five innings.
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When Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, etc took the mound, it was for a complete game, nine full innings, win or lose.
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Another concept, pitchers pitch in a rotation, every four or fifth day.
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Extended losing streaks were not existent if your ace was, Gibson, Seaver or Koufax, you could chalk up a win most every start for these guys.
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The season is 162 games long, limiting the amount of losses is key, competing in this marathon for emotion and confidence.
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The importance of knowing, we need a win desperately and our guy will step up has more impact than fans know.
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In plain English, your losing streaks end at 4 in 162 game season, that is larger than you can image for morale and momentum.
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Very few have more than five complete games a whole season now.
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Mindset has changed also, a complete game does not mean as much as it did in the late sixties.
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One response to this post.

  1. Wow hardly a sports fan out there I see.

    That is disappointing.

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