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    As if I we couldn't get more into pitch count, it's now on display for NESN (Red Sox broadcasters) along with the usual score, inning, and batter's count at all times. Now we have to look at it more and further the 100-pitch limit. Fantastic.

    It seems every year the pitching peeve gets worse and worse for me. We baby the pitchers more and more to the point where I believe starters will go two innings and then an inning for everyone else by the 2020 season.

    Is a pitch count really needed along with the usual display?
    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

  • #2
    Yikes! Absolutely not.

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    • #3
      Well...

      Miller Park has a scoreboard somewhere that displays how many pitches a pitcher has thrown (Strikes, Balls, Total Pitches), and I think other stadiums have something similar.

      As long as managers are going to stick to the "thou shalt not go over 100 pitches" rule, I think pitch count is important enough to be monitored.

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      • #4
        I long for the days when, most of the time, the only thing on the screen was the game.
        San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

        "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

        "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
          I long for the days when, most of the time, the only thing on the screen was the game.
          I thought because of MLB TV agreements they can't show instant replays on the jumbo-tron anymore?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
            I thought because of MLB TV agreements they can't show instant replays on the jumbo-tron anymore?
            I was talking about the TV screen.
            San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

            "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

            "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
              I long for the days when, most of the time, the only thing on the screen was the game.
              I like a broadcast to show the score, count and inning on the screen for those times when you switch on a game in progress or are flicking between multiple games.

              You can keep the pitch count though. I've never watched a game and though, "gee, I wonder how many pitches he's thrown".
              RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
                As if I we couldn't get more into pitch count, it's now on display for NESN (Red Sox broadcasters) along with the usual score, inning, and batter's count at all times. Now we have to look at it more and further the 100-pitch limit. Fantastic.
                They started doing the same thing on YES this season.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
                  I long for the days when, most of the time, the only thing on the screen was the game.
                  Same here. Sometimes you can't see the game for the un-screen clutter.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ipitch View Post
                    They started doing the same thing on YES this season.
                    Not only do I hate this feature, but I hate the way YES displays it. It's right up there next to the MPH display, which they now have flashing in yellow after every pitch. This is especially annoying to anyone who watches a lot of football games on TV, because the yellow flash at the top of the screw is typically used to indicate a flag on the play. Because it's an important part of the display on football broadcasts, I find myself easily distracted by it during baseball broadcasts, when it's essentially meaningless info.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by brewcrew82 View Post
                      I like a broadcast to show the score, count and inning on the screen for those times when you switch on a game in progress or are flicking between multiple games.

                      You can keep the pitch count though. I've never watched a game and though, "gee, I wonder how many pitches he's thrown".
                      But does it need to be on 100% of the time? During every pitch? I'd be much happier with semi-regular updates than a constant clutter.
                      San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

                      "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

                      "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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                      • #12
                        while watching a game it's ok to be told the number of pitches thrown in an inning if a lot were thrown.
                        and it's ok to be told if it's the 5th and a pitcher has reached 80 or something significant.

                        to be onscreen all the time is ridiculous.
                        "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                        • #13
                          I find the modern obsession with pitch speed bad enough let alone any new obsession with pitch count. When I'm watching a game on TV I really couldn't care less what the speed of each and every pitch just was. I just find it annoying and distracting. As for pitch counts, I couldn't care less what the pitch count is. I trust that count is being watched by manager and pitching coach and it is their job to worry about that. I have no control over when they pull a pitcher anyway so why should some TV network distract and annoy me with even more unnecessary bells and whistles cluttering up my TV screen after each pitch. Fact is, why is anything but the score and the inning even necessary to the TV viewer anyway? And even then why does it even have to be a constant on screen display anyway? I guess they do not have much faith in the TV viewers intelligence and attention span.

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                          • #14
                            I love the way Fox Sports channels handle the scoring box and pitch speed. It's very neat and tidy; I wonder why all channels don't do it like that.
                            46 wins to match last year's total

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rich the Giants fan View Post
                              But does it need to be on 100% of the time? During every pitch? I'd be much happier with semi-regular updates than a constant clutter.
                              I don't know how old you are but I'm [relatively] young (28) and I don't remember a time when there wasn't those details on the screen so it looks normal to me. I'm sure I probably saw games when I was younger that didn't have anything on the screen except the count but the majority of my time watching the game has been with the "clutter" as you put it.

                              Having said that, when I see a sporting event, any event, that doesn't have something on the screen it makes the broadcast look amateurish.
                              RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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