The Lost Art Of The Complete Game

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IMay 22, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 6:  Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium May 6, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

I'm a huge baseball fan. i've been watching it forever it's my favorite sport.

I'm a baseball purist who believes the game was much better in the golden days of the 1950's and 60's.

It was better because players were treated like athletes should be. They were revered as heroes, but they weren't treated like an investment, or some sort of credit default swap. Baseball players were baseball players, that was that.

Now we are in the dawn of the 21st century with nine digit free agency contracts, Tommy John surgeries, HGH, and other things. Baseball players, and especially pitchers, are handled with kid gloves.

That is why we never see pitchers throwing complete games anymore. The manager and general manager are too concerned with their investment to let players do what they do best, compete. There is nothing wrong with throwing 130 pitches a game. It actually makes your arm stronger.

Since pitchers come out after throwing 100 pitches a game, they can only pitch 5 or so innings. That just puts more stress on the bullpen, and the bullpen gets worn out as early as late May. Just look at the Marlins.

I am begging mangers and GMs as well as youth and college baseball coaches to re-emphasize the role a starter must have to go at least 7, throw about 120-130 pitches, and save their bullpens. I hate what's happening to baseball with four or five relievers pitching in a game. Please bring back the complete game.