Enter the Phil Rules

This is what I think of your innings limit

Apparently not satisfied with ruining the career of just one promising pitching prospect, the Yankees have decided to start limiting Phil Hughes innings and will skip the A.L. wins leader’s next start.

I can only imagine the meeting that took place to decide this:

  • Guy in suit #1:  “Hey, I know Hughes has been one of the best pitchers in A.L. this year, is only 24 years old and is in the athletic prime of his life, but we should probably put on the kid gloves and make sure he doesn’t throw 200 innings until he’s at least 30.  Also, he’s got a 9pm curfew.”
  • Guy in suit #2:  “Yeah, that’s a great idea.  I mean, it really worked out well for Joba.”
  • Guy in suit #3:  “Also, I think we should start by skipping his start this weekend, when he’s scheduled to pitch near his home town in front of his family and friends.”

Imagine telling Bob Gibson or Nolan Ryan that they were on an innings limit.  Actually, they’d probably agree, citing a 9 inning limit because that’s how long the games are.

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