Atlantic provinces need to get on the same page
When two teams spend the season playing the same sport but with a different set of rules, one of them is going to be at a disadvantage whenever the two meet depending on the way the game is played. That’s just the way it is. Whichever set of rules is applied to the game, the team which hasn’t spent the year practicing or playing by those restrictions is suddenly woefully underprepared. The team can be world beaters, but they’re hindered by the rule change. It plays in your head — playing by a different set of rules that is. The way you approach the game changes. It throws off your routines and the way you get ready to play. Perhaps, it even changes the way you swing a bat or shoot the puck.
Take baseball for example, more specifically, minor baseball in the Atlantic Provinces.
One would think that each would play by the exact same set of rules. At the mosquito AAA and AA levels, if one province uses a pitch count for pitchers it should be safe to assume that the other three provinces will be using the same philosophy. Wrong. It would appear one association differs from the rest. That is, at the mosquito AA level in Newfoundland and Labrador, teams play with a inning count rather than a pitch count.
That puts them at a slight disadvantage at that level because more energy is focused on developing positional players than making more pitchers.
There should be something universal across the board.
A decision has to be made. Are you going to focus on the development of pitchers or allow one or two dominant arms to control the landscape?
When managing a baseball team, you’re going to go with the pitchers who are going to win you ball games. If you have so many innings per tournament, along with four or five strong arms, it’s elementary that those pitchers will exhaust their innings before a manager will look to someone different.
If those half-a-dozen pitchers can see you through to the finals, why would you go to a different player or someone who hasn’t pitched before?
You wouldn’t. In a small way, the area of player development goes out the window.
As a manager, you know you have those arms, so why are you wasting time preparing others to throw?
That’s not exactly the thought process you should have at that level, but it happens.
With a pitch count, you’re forced to develop more pitchers. At the mosquito level, it is only 25 pitches per player if you want to be able to play the next day. If you go over that number, there are escalating requirements for the number of days of rest between starts.
You can throw 25 pitches in one inning. So, you see there is a need for a pitch count system in this province below the AAA level.
There needs to be a something uniform to give all players a fair shot.