MN high school baseball adopts pitch count

The pitch count is making its first official appearance in the Minnesota high school baseball season this spring. New rules have officially gone into effect that will limit the number of pitches high schoolers can throw during a given time period.

Of course, the goal is to protect the health of young arms. The total amount of pitches thrown in what is now a tiered system will dictate how much subsequent time they aren’t allowed to take the mound again. The new system also means a whole lot more paperwork for head coaches and a system of punishments if the new system is not followed.

Pitch count

Spring Grove baseball coach Chris Strinmoen, pictured here, is one of many high school baseball coaches that have to contend with all-new pitch count rules in effect this season, designed to help pitchers keep their arms healthier. (Photo from Bluff Country News Group)

“It started as a nationwide push to create pitch count policies,” said Spring Grove baseball coach Chris Strinmoen, “to protect the arms of all the youth. The Minnesota State High School League has adopted a policy that’s similar to other states.”

He said it’s a tiered system. The daily maximum a pitcher can throw is 105 pitches (which would then mean three days’ rest). For 30 pitches or less, kids are eligible to pitch again the next day. However, they can’t pitch more than two days in a row, so if a pitcher throws two days in a row, they sit the next day. Any time a pitcher gets above that 30-pitch total, then he’ll be looking at mandatory days off.

The next tier is 31-50 pitches, which require one day of rest. 51-75 pitches mean two days of rest from pitching. 76-105 pitches require three days off from pitching. If a pitcher does hit that 105-pitch count and they’re in the middle of pitching to a batter, they can finish pitching to that hitter. There’s a similar list in place for JV baseball but the pitch count limits are smaller in number.

“The days off are measured in calendar days,” he said, “and not the next 24 hours after a start. It’s not a new concept for coaches to keep track of pitch counts. Any good coach will be doing that to avoid injuries to his staff. The new system requires that someone be in the dugout with the sole task of keeping track of their pitchers as well as the other teams, just to make sure the other squad isn’t bending the rules.”

Coaches are required to enter pitch counts into the high school league website within 24 hours after the end of each game.

 

Jesus, the church, and do’s and don’ts

Just wanted to offer up a few thoughts this morning as I sit at the computer. I was doing some Bible study this morning and I found something that caught my attention, especially as someone who grew up in one of the mainline denominations that seem to be more interested in doing the right things (legalistic) than actually preaching about sin and the need for sincere repentance. By the way, in layman’s terms, repentance is a recognizing of the sin in your life and a sincere desire to turn away from that lifestyle. Jesus and the apostles all preached about the need for people to turn from those desires.

Jesus, the church, and do’s and don’ts

The Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:16, “yet we know that no one is justified by the works of the law (right and wrong, do’s and don’ts” but by faith in Jesus Christ.” What I find interesting is why do we as human beings seem to have so much trouble believing this?

I hear arguments against Christianity saying it’s just a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s not. Anyone who told you that was dead wrong. We simply cannot, as sinful people, follow any kind of a list of right and wrong. Go back to the Garden of Eden. What was the original sin at its most basic form? Rebellion against God. He says don’t do this and the only two human beings alive did the exact opposite (with a little help, of course). That kind of behavior (and help) is alive and well today. All you have to do is read a newspaper or check out a website to see just how much sin is in this world.

The next time someone says “it’s all about do this and don’t do this,” please think about it? It was never about being able to follow the law. If we could all follow the law perfectly, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross to pay the penalty for all the sin in the world. He would have died for nothing.

Jesus, the church, do’s and don’ts

If we could actually follow a list of do’s and don’ts that some people think is Christianity, then we wouldn’t need Jesus to come and take our place on the cross to pay the price for us. Christianity is not a list of do this and don’t do that. It’s so much more.

 

Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. When I die and stand before the throne, I want God to see the perfection of Jesus covering me through a free gift rather than stand there scarred in sin. How about you? It’s a free gift that you simply cannot earn, but the good news is you don’t have to.