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(CNN)   You're a New York Yankees pitcher who injured his arm. Do you blame it on: A) Bad mechanics, B) Arm fatigue, or C) Instant replay?   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 12
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2009-05-19 09:17:47 AM  
d) running the bases like a Nancy-boy
 
2009-05-19 09:24:35 AM  
That's actually a legitimate gripe. Pitchers need to stay warmed up while pitching.

Live and learn. Im sure he'll take a few warmup pitches while theyre reviewing it next time.
 
2009-05-19 09:27:25 AM  
Yes, it most certainly has nothing to do with his questionable mechanics.
 
2009-05-19 09:32:51 AM  
Brooklyn Irish Mets Fan: That's actually a legitimate gripe. Pitchers need to stay warmed up while pitching.

Live and learn. Im sure he'll take a few warmup pitches while theyre reviewing it next time.


A few warmup pitches can't hurt but 8 1/2 minutes isn't exactly a long time. That's probably close to the average length of time for the other half of the inning. I don't know much about how they use this guy, but he must have pitched multiple innings at some point in his career.
 
2009-05-19 09:35:07 AM  
germ78: d) running the bases like a Nancy-boy

e) not RTFA
 
2009-05-19 10:07:24 AM  
So, would he have blamed his teammates if they had a big rally and scored several more runs in 8-1/2 minutes?

My God, how does he ever make it through a rain delay???
 
2009-05-19 10:09:56 AM  
To be fair, there's been many many many 8-minute delays throughout the history of baseball for benches clearing, managers arguing, squirrels on the field, and more recently instant replays, and in all those cases the pitchers on the mound had to deal with an 8-minute delay without any warmup pitches, and/or the relievers had to keep throwing for 8 more minutes.

But I do think that if there's a delay for more than 5 minutes, say, the pitcher on the mound should get a couple warm pitches if he feels the need. This rule would also carry over to the reliever if a pitching change was made during the delay. That way the reliever could stop pitching whenever he was warmed up, knowing that he would have a few extra pitches when he got to the mound. Seems reasonable enough.
 
2009-05-19 10:28:48 AM  
"Wang's velocity has been about 88-92 mph, down from 92-94 mph last year."

Huhuh... he said Wang.
 
2009-05-19 10:39:20 AM  
I don't know whether or not the 8 1/2 minute delay actually contributed significantly to his injury, but I have to agree that 8 1/2 minutes to watch a video replay is f*cking ridiculous. Baseball games take long enough to play as it is...MLB needs to make damn sure that future video reviews don't take that long.
 
2009-05-19 12:23:42 PM  
Ponzholio: So, would he have blamed his teammates if they had a big rally and scored several more runs in 8-1/2 minutes?

My God, how does he ever make it through a rain delay???



I know I'm asking to much here, but RTFA!!! He was complaining that he had to warm up in the bullpen for an additional 8 1/2 minutes because he didn't know if the delay would be 30 seconds or 10 minutes. He needed to be ready to enter the game. Had he known how long it would take, he probably would have sat down for most of that time instead of throwing pitches. Throwing for an extra 8 1/2 minutes is kind of a lot for a short reliever.

Granted, I don' think its really fair to blame an injury on that. But I think that in general it is a legitimate complaint about how instant replay is handled.
 
2009-05-19 01:33:19 PM  
I could see how instant replay could hurt. Imagine having to throw a fastball that is just at the limit of the arm's capacity twice in a row just for some "in-stant replay". I bet he was planning on taking it easy the next pitch.
 
2009-05-19 01:37:52 PM  
Seems like a weird excuse... but I have to agree with him that it shouldn't take over 8 minutes to determine a HR or not.
 
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