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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