Well, isn’t this interesting? After several years of allowing a major disservice to young pitchers and the safety of their arms, LL is now announcing that, starting in spring 2010, every 11, 12, and 13-year-old will have to sit out four full calendar days before he or she can pitch again.
This is, of course, just common sense. Especially with kids whose tender arms are still growing in their pre-adolescent years, why take a chance once they have tossed 60-85 pitches in a game? But those of you who have followed my WFAN show over the years know that LL has kept the days of rest at three….except in the Williamsport playoffs where kids can pitch on only TWO days of rest.
I have to assume that somewhere along the way, Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon and who is on the LL Board, must have said something to the LL brass about the dangers of abusing young arms. Again, that’s only speculation on my part, but it’s hard to come up with any other reason for LL to change.
Bottom line? This is a good start. Now, if we can only get aluminum bats and curve balls banned from LL baseball, we’ll be making some real progress!