This example is disengenuous to what American life is currently. There is no phenominon, latin players and asian players break…there certainly aren’t super human, they follow a slightly different path. Thats all.
My point exactly!!! There are less limitations and more expectations. I spoke to an International Scouting Director in Japan and he mentioned that in his first year he had about had a heart attack and pointed out how many of these guys would blow out at any time and then went on to say the same guys he was “predicting” to blow out ended up signing for millions, Hideki Irabu and can’t remember the other guy. The schedule was something like this: Monday 125 pitch pen, Tuesday 100 pitch, Wednesday 175, Thursday 100, Friday Pitch. Wow, what a workload. Am I advocating this, NO WAY! These guys had found a way to adapt to the workload because it was expected, part of there culture. What do ASMI say about that?? If you want to avoid injuries, avoid throwing, plain and simple. I could put my own case study together and it would work like this. 50 kids went one year without throwing a baseball and 100% of them experienced no pain, no injuries. THERE IS AN INHERENT RISK WITH THROWING THE BASEBALL!!!
American kids aren’t the kids you and I and Roger were. They can’t be “kicked out of the house” til dinner…or left to their own devices over huge periods of time, they don’t have the assortment of playmates we used to have (Everything is controlled now, where it comes to kids, activities, free time). The idylic life you’ve described to Roger is in a Rockwell painting. So what you have now is children with very focused and targeted tracts of time. Now if a kid shows any talent at all he needs to compete, that competition is also very targeted and focused.
I don’t necessarily disagree with the statement of kids needing to throw more/pitch less but then you start down the path. throw" to.
That seems to be society’s attitude. Its not the same in other countries and cultures. They have plenty of time to play video games, right??
[color=red]Both of the regions you mentioned produce players…but you also have to remember that “culturally” Latin America and Asia don’t have the sport diversity we have…in Latin America it’s baseball or soccer in Asia it’s baseball or go to work…here…we can’t get enough kids for baseball when there is a healthy lacrosse or basketball league or football league or soccer league or…well you can figure it out…we have thinned our pool while theirs is as rich as ever…the demographics show just that…not that they specifically are “more talented” or better…we’ve got some pretty good players showing up on our side of the ledger despite the thinning of our talent pool and play time allocations…Timmy L, Bryce Harper…names like Lee and Halliday…we manage to “show-up”
We absolutely do have some “pretty good” players, not arguing that. My point is why do we say that a kid’s just needs to play one sport. What’s wrong with playing tennis and baseball at the same time, why would we place limitations and “don’ts” on a kid if he wants to play both. If he is not experiencing injuries, soreness, etc… why would we tell a kid that hey "i just got the latest case study and it says “don’t” play tennis and baseball or lacrosse at the same time. If he wants to play both, let him!!
Thanks for your post, I totally respect your opinion, this is just mine!