It just galls me that LL Baseball continues to pat themselves
on their back by trumpeting their 85 pitch count limit….
when they don’t tell you that during the LL World Series
in Williamsport, young kids 13 and under are not only
allowed to throw an endless assortment of curveballs
and sliders, but UNDER LL RULES, each kid can throw
on two days’ rest and can throw up to 255 pitches in a
week! As Steve Kallas has pointed out on his blog,
the pitch counts that these developing arms rack up
is staggering….and here’s LL Baseball saying that
it’s not curveballs that hurt a kid’s arm, but the NUMBER
OF PITCHES! Well, if that’s true, how come these kids
can pitch so much? Nobody from Williamsport or
ESPN seems to want to answer that question.
Then there’s Mike Mussina on ESPN saying that he’d like
to see the number of HR’s cut down in the World Series.
Well, why not start with getting rid of the aluminum
bats? Mike, who’s on the LL Board of Directors, has
publicly said that there’s no difference between wood
and aluminum bats. Huh??
I know some of you must have become tired with my
rants about LL and the issues I have with them regarding
pitch counts, their blessing of curveballs, their use
of aluminum bats, and so on…and in truth, I think
the concept of LL Baseball is great. But please, let’s be
honest here. Safety is NOT a top concern to LL – it’s
all become a business enterprise, fueled by licensing
and TV money. Next time you have to fork over
$100 to register your kid in LL, just bear in mind
that LL Baseball (according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo
Sports.com) has more than $75 MILLION in cash
reserves. Enough said.