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As teams close in on the 100-game mark, enough pitches have been thrown and enough starts have been made that we can begin to draw significant conclusions from the Pitcher Abuse Points data. But before we get to that, here's a demonstration of how PAP differs from looking at average pitch count totals:

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Baseball Prospectus introduced Pitcher Abuse Points last summer as an attempt to measure the workloads of starting pitchers. Briefly, the system is based on the premise that each pitch above a certain threshold is incrementally more damaging than the last, with the damage growing more severe as more pitches are thrown. Our threshold is 100 pitches; beyond that, a pitcher "earns" one point each for pitches 101-110, two points each for pitches 111-120, and so on.

For more on the system, please check the original PAP introduction piece.

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Almost one full year ago--June of 1998, to be exact--I had become increasingly frustrated at Jim Leyland's idea of "entertainment" in what was turning into The Lost Season in south Florida. My frustration stemmed from watching as his young and promising pitchers were made to throw close to a gross of pitches on an all-too-frequent basis. I watched with dismay as Livan Hernandez twice reached the 150-pitch barrier, but when rookie Jesus Sanchez labored for 147 pitches one fine evening--accompanied by deafening silence from traditional media sources--my disappointment turned to rage and inaction no longer seemed an option. I had to do something.

So I created Pitcher Abuse Points.

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July 24, 1998 12:00 am

PAP Scores Revisited


Rany Jazayerli

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