States are adopting pitch count limits for high schoolers

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While professional baseball has come to treat its young pitchers’ arms like the valuable resources they are, imposing pitch count limits and innings limits and doing everything it can to limit the damage to developing hurlers, a whole lot of them are damaged goods when they arrive. Damaged by insane workloads in college and high school, often from coaches who have little interest in a pitcher’s well-being after his brief time at their school.

Now, reports Baseball America, state athletic associations are starting to impose pitch count limits, with The National High School Federation requiring all 50 state federations, which govern high school baseball, to create pitch limits of some sort before the 2017 season begins.

Baseball America details Georgia’s plan, which limits pitchers to 110 pitches and mandates a days rest requirement after outings in excess of 86 pitches or more. This against a backdrop where, historically, some teenagers are trotted out for 120+ pitch performances, sometimes far more, and then are put in games a day or two later.

College is still a place where arms are routinely abused, but the tide is turning against that too. Hopefully, eventually, all of this will lead to fewer pitchers seeing their careers end before they really begin.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.