Perhaps no one can relate to what Tucker McCann is experiencing better than a pitcher.Yes, a baseball pitcher. And yes, McCann, the senior kicker on the Missouri football team.While pitchers have a pitch count, McCann has a kick count.McCann, the returning kicker, is the favorite on the roster right now to replace Corey Fatony at punter this fall. If that wasn’t enough to keep McCann busy, Missouri also plans to have him handle kickoffs. The increased workload has forced the Tigers to rethink how McCann approaches the spring and fall to help him stay fresh and succeed.“I have to have a pitch count every day,” McCann said. “It is kind of good for me because I need to learn how to trust my leg more and not kick as much as I used to.”If anyone can manage the kick count and survive the wear and tear, it’s McCann. Missouri special teams coach Andy Hill said the senior kicker takes care of his body as well as anyone else on the team.This offseason, McCann … [Read more...] about A pitch count for a kicker? Missouri’s Tucker McCann is trying it.
By Zack Rosenblatt | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted October 16, 2018 at 05:50 AM PHILADELPHIA -- All but three members of the Eagles' 13-person coaching staff met with the media at NovaCare Complex on Monday. The three absent: defensive line coach Chris Wilson, running backs coach Duce Staley and ... head coach Doug Pederson. The former two will speak on Tuesday, while the head honcho will hold his usual press conference on Wednesday. Meanwhile, there was plenty for Jim Schwartz, Mike Groh, Jeff Stoutland and company to cover on Monday, including the statuses of Jason Peters, Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins, progress of Carson Wentz and Corey Clement and much more. Plus, outside of the building, there was a further update on the status of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, a possible Eagles trade target. Here are nine takeaways from a busy day of Eagles news Corey Clement a full go? Steven Ryan | Getty Corey Clement a full go? What happened: Corey Clement was … [Read more...] about 9 takeaways from busy Eagles day: Le’Veon Bell latest, Corey Clement’s ‘pitch count’, Jason Peters’ status, Darren Sproles’ return, more
A bit of grumbling, on two fronts: •The most disheartening stretch of the Giants’ season came this week, when abject fear cost them two wins against Houston. Dereck Rodriguez and Madison Bumgarner were cruising through seven innings, not a single reason to call upon the bullpen, but it happened each time — and everything fell apart. To blame manager Bruce Bochy is to include him with every other manager (and general manager) in the game, all of them terrified by computer printouts. Analytical data has destroyed the complete game, behind the theory that starters lose their effectiveness after going through the lineup a couple of times. That’s perfectly fine in some cases — say, a perennially sore-armed pitcher or one who does tend to fall apart after six or seven innings. How does that apply to Bumgarner or Rodriguez, a bull-strong kid who didn’t even start pitching until 2013? Especially when there’s no hint that they’re in any kind of … [Read more...] about Pitch count is changing baseball — and not for the better
BANGOR — Bessey Motors head coach Shane Slicer got word Tuesday night that Colton Carson would not be allowed to pitch in Wednesday’s American Legion state semifinal because the official scorebook had Carson tallied at 81 pitches in Saturday’s game against Yankee Ford. Slicer and the team decided to start Carson, anyway, even knowing that it would result in an ejection of both coach and player immediately following the first pitch of the win-or-go-home game against defending state champion Bangor Coffee News. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Bessey Motors went on to win the game, 1-0, as relievers Troy Johnson and Ashton Kennison combined on a two-hit shutout. The win propelled Bessey to the championship game against Coastal Landscape later Wednesday night. Carson pitched a complete-game shutout for Bessey Motors on Saturday against Yankee Ford in a 1-0 victory. Both Bessey and Yankee Ford tallied Carson’s pitches at 79, Bessey in two score … [Read more...] about American Legion state tournament: Bessey pitcher, coach ejected after pitch-count controversy
STATE COLLEGE -- The PIAA passed a pair of new rules on Wednesday that will impact the 2018-2019 high school baseball postseason. The Board of Directors, during its July meeting, unanimously passed two motions from its Baseball Steering Committee. The first will raise the maximum pitch count per game in district and state playoff play from 100 to 105 while raising the maximum in one week from 200 to 2005. Both will pertain to only the playoffs. Additionally, the second motion passed will require a playoff site's game manager to designate an official pitch counter for all postseason games. "I think it was a good common-sense change," PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi said of the new pitch count rule. He added on the official counter rule: "It was disappointing, because I think that someone may not have been paying attention, but, if you have an official person there, it works out." The change comes following a discrepancy between State College and Erie McDowell … [Read more...] about New PIAA rules will alter postseason baseball pitch count, and the way it is tracked