Is modern baseball babying its pitchers?

Former New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (left) jokes around with the Mets' David Wright after...

Former New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (left) jokes around with the Mets' David Wright after throwing out the first pitch at the All-Star Game in July. Seaver recently told the New York Daily News that teams today are far too worried about pitch counts. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

TORONTO - After reading Tom Seaver’s comment, Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez phoned the Hall of Famer in Calistoga, Calif., from the Rogers Centre booth before Saturday afternoon’s game.

Seaver told the New York Daily News he didn’t like the current mind set of “babying pitchers with pitch counts and innings limits.”

So Martinez made the call with his partner Jack Morris alongside.

“Seaver joked to me that Jack Morris didn’t pitch with enough cojones ... he pitched more like Rambo,” said Martinez after the Jays walked to a 4-2 win against the Kansas City Royals.

Pitch counts are a topic since the New York Mets lost Matt Harvey, who started the all-star game for the National League and now has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

“Baseball went 70-80 years with people pitching complete games,” said Morris. “Pitchers didn’t break down. This is a tough business. Not everyone survives.

“We’ve worried about pitch counts the last 20 years.”


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