It’s not been a good week to be a pro or college athlete, apparently,
Just days after University of Central Florida head football coach George O’Leary said that college football players are ‘babied’ too much, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver suggested the same, saying that Major League pitchers are babied too much.
Speaking with the New York Daily News, the former Mets great suggested that young arms in the league are being coddled by their teams (inning limits, etc), including the Mets and Matt Harvey who could miss the 2014 if he undergoes Tommy John surgery.
Per Seaver, via the Daily News:
“Naturally, I felt terrible for the kid. He’s got such a bright future. But at the same time, all I could think of was how it just goes to show how all this babying of pitchers — pitch counts and innings limits — is a bunch of nonsense. You can’t predict these things, and there’s really not a whole lot you can do to prevent them other than refining your mechanics as (’60s and ’70s Mets pitching coach) Rube (Walker) did with us. But one way I know doesn’t do anything to prevent them is babying these kids like they do.”