You’re using yourself as a template for all others on the subject. In other words what’s good for you and players like you, should fit neatly into a go-or-no-go situation for everyone else. Athletic performance doesn’t work that way, nor will it ever.
The Pitch Count is only one tool of many, that can be used for managing a player. Unfortunately, at the amateur level, both player and coach are just that - amateurs. Hence, the actions by both can cause this subject to get a bad rap. In any event, the pitch count is a multi-purpose tool that, when used properly, can serve you and and coach(s) very well.
Here are just some of the qualities associated with professionaly managed Pitch Counts:
1.) A Pitch Count System is just that, a system. It (pitch count) is never a static number that stays constant over the career of a pitcher. In fact, this system is a sliding scale that takes into account the pitcher’s pitch inventory -type of pitches that are his/her strong suit, how the pitcher is feeling prior to, and during, an appearance, and so forth.
2.) A coach will use this system with benchmarks, inning per inning, as a monitoring measure, but not as a stand alone indicator. Other factors that are sister measures will be placed side-by-side to help the coach with an on going evaluation during a game.
3.) Tolerance and endurance indicators support the pitch count system, and in return support or subordinate a pitcher’s historical record.
4.) Post game statistics are nothing without a good Pitch Count System, inning per inning. This is very important and detailed for pitchers that hold a specific role, like starters and closers.
5.) Pitchers coming off of an extended rest period because of injuries or being unavailable for a long period of time can have a pitch count, inning per inning, that can project their dependability for the future. Of course these pitchers must be used properly during their re-entry, goes without saying.
The above are just a small sample of why pitching coaches use pitch counts within a Pitch Count System.
So, think of it this way - when professional pitching coach address pitch counts as an important tool for monitoring and guarding the money invested in the men under contract, doesn’t it make sense to bring that kind of planning down to the amateur level? I do. Perhaps not as elaborate, but still with the same postive purpose.