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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: Washington's decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg last year didn't make sense and it seems that managers and general managers are too worried about pitch counts. Do you think teams are coddling today's starting pitchers? — TYLER, WEST CARROLLTON
A: I love to listen to Hall of Fame pitchers sit in Cooperstown and talk pitching — guys like Bob Gibson and Jim Bunning and Juan Marichal, plus Bob Feller, Robin Roberts and Warren Spahn, when they were alive. That was always a subject, how there was no pitch count when they pitched and they often threw 150 pitches and they did it every fourth day, not every fifth day, and they were embarrassed if they didn't throw a complete game. Like me, none of them could come up with a reason why suddenly 100 pitches is the danger line. Feller told me one day, ‘Son, I was just getting loose at 100 pitches.' So, yes, I do think today's pitchers are overly protected.