August 21, 2005

California kid strikes out 18: If only the Rangers had him in the rotation.

posted by wannabeacowboybaby to baseball at 03:49 AM - 4 comments

Yeah -- we could ruin him by playing him too early like David Clyde. Has anyone heard that the last thing you should do, when your kid has a strong arm, is to let him pitch? Someone told me once that kids like that throw themselves out, and the ones who become pitchers in their late teens have a better shot.

posted by rcade at 08:45 AM on August 21, 2005

Dunno about that, rcade, but young athletes generally have to learn the hard way about their limits, and sometimes they exceed them in a way that has permanent consequences. I was talking recently to a kid who'd thrown himself out in a big game last year. It was really eerie to hear the words, "My arm hasn't been the same since," in the voice of an 11-year-old. He didn't know when to say when -- that's something coaches need to realize.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:49 AM on August 21, 2005

"...besides, strike outs are facist. Throw some groundballs" Hasn't this kid seen Bull Durham?

posted by texoma-slim at 10:15 AM on August 21, 2005

bull duram was awesome, and only like kevin costeners 12th baseball movie hahaha

posted by Smokeybear420 at 10:03 AM on August 22, 2005

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