With the number of major league pitchers who have needed Tommy John surgery in 2014, one high school coach finds himself the target of public criticism after he let one of his pitchers throw a lot of pitches in a game.
However, the player had no problem staying in.
Rochester High School (Wash.) baseball coach Jerry Striegel kept pitcher Dylan Fosnacht in for the first 14 innings of a 17-inning game.
When a pitcher throws that many innings, he is bound to put up some crazy numbers. Check out a few of the numbers Fosnacht posted:
@LandinoRossi 194 lol 17 K's— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 14, 2014
That's right—he threw 194 pitches in one game. Most major league pitchers get yanked as they approach 120 pitches.
The fact that Fosnacht threw that many pitches makes it look like winning, not the long-term health of his player, is all that matters for Striegel. A coach can get a bit carried away when a pitcher is putting up zeros, and it's even tougher to take the player out when he wants to stay in.
Fosnacht had no problem with his coach leaving him in that long:
People might criticize me throwing 14 innings, but I'm going to do whatever it takes to win— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 14, 2014
Some people think it's awesome, some people think it's ridiculous. I personally loved every minute of it and it's a great memory to have— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 15, 2014
So I won't be able to pitch in 5 years? Well it's a good thing I'm a pretty solid middle infielder which is where I play 90 % of the time— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 15, 2014
People just don't understand. I'm not a ace pitcher, I'm a infielder who pitches every now and then. Not a prospect ruining there career— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 15, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was impressed by Fosnacht, but the American League All-Star was outraged by the coach's decision to leave his pitcher in:
@DAVIDprice14 just trying to get a much needed win for my team and wouldn't want no other coach then the one I have— Dylan Fosnacht (@DFosnacht5) May 15, 2014
haha I respect that!! Take care of that money maker @DFosnacht5 ...best of luck going forward!— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) May 15, 2014
It looks like Fosnacht felt it was worth it. Rochester eventually pulled out a 1-0 victory in 17 innings.