Monday, April 4, 2016

When 250 innings pitched during a baseball season wasn't a big deal

Stats and photo source:  Baseball Reference

The Endangered Species of Baseball.  (The New York Times, 3/31/2016)
250 Regular-Season Innings Pitched Last accomplished: Justin Verlander, 2011.  The five-man rotation has been established for decades. But with the exploding cost of veteran pitching — and the value to teams of healthy, productive starters who are young and cheap — limiting workloads, not increasing them, is the trend.

Why pick 1960?

It was a magical season for Pittsburgh Pirates fans and, especially, for a Warren PA boy whose first season of total immersion in baseball it was.

And this is how it ended.

Related reading:
The greatest game ever played.  (ESPN, 10/12/2015)

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