20 May 2008

Dusty Baker, the Village Idiot

These sorts of things make me mad.

Dusty Baker on Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez - a nice, young arm that Dusty would love to ruin:
Volquez pitched winter ball and there are questions about him running out of gas. Baker couldn't disagree more. "Bob Quinn (former Yankees, Reds and Giants GM) told me once that pitchers usually rust out before they wear out. Latins guys who I've seen play winter ball rarely have arm problems — Julian Tavarez, Luis Tiant played winter ball somewhere every year, Diego Segui. Japanese pitchers throw more."

Volquez is currently 7-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, and 62K and 30BB to go with 54.3 IP.
His pitch count for the season so far:
95, 75, 112, 105, 104, 100, 118, 110, 111
The 118 pitch game was one where the Reds were sporting a 9-0 lead ... and Dusty still let Edinson pitch on.

This has got me a little frightened.

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