2 Innings + 66 Runs = 1 Capitulation

18 04 2008

Japanese high school baseball isn’t always even-keeled, and many inequities exist between some of the top schools, and their opponents who are sometimes bereft of the benefits the elite ‘yakyu gakko’ possess… but this is bordering on ridiculous.

The coach of Kawamoto Technical High School waved the white flag after his starting pitcher had given up 66 runs in the first 2 innings of a game against Shunshukan High School. The bedeviled pitcher had thrown over 250 pitches by that point, and his coach was worried about possible injury to his hammered hurler.

Luckily for the record books, the loss will only be counted as a 0-9… the default score for a game in a Japanese High School baseball forfeit.

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18 04 2008
Steve

Don, that’s just about criminal what that manager put his young pitcher through, in terms of how badly he got shelled, and the total amount of pitches thrown. That is just obscene.

18 04 2008
withmalice

Happens aaall the time (high pitch counts). And in the high school baseball tournaments, it’s worse. You’ll get kids pitching 3 consecutive days, with each game a higher pitch count than in the pros.
Without a doubt, it’s a reason most (but not all mind you) Japanese pitchers flame out before their US counterparts.
Generally speaking, “burn bright, burn fast” is an adage a lot of coaches live by here.

18 04 2008
Steve

Yeah Don, years ago, I had read in the book “You gotta have Wa”, where it talks about Japanese manager’s usual solution for arm pain was to have the pitcher throw even more pitches ‘to work the soreness out’. I guess now more Japanese pitchers are coming to the US to talk with Orthopedic Doctor’s about their arm troubles. There has to be a lot of ex-high School pitchers with some seriously messed up shoulders and elbows dealing with chronic pain who are in our age group…

19 04 2008
A.Becker

Saw this mentioned on Around The Horn! How insane!

19 04 2008
A.Becker

>>Generally speaking, “burn bright, burn fast” is an adage a lot of coaches live by here.<<

Does this mentality stem from their all around approach/work ethic towards baseball?

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