Re: If Kelly Johnson Gets At Bats Instead of Betts, I have An Issue WIth Farrell
posted at 8/19/2014 1:55 PM EDT
In response to ampoule's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Another thing to consider is playing time and fatigue with these young kids. They go from playing a few dozen games in high school/college to playing over 150 a year.
What you don't see from high school until the majors is how teams slowly ramp them up. Betts isn't going to play in ever single game the rest of the year, that would be ridiculous.
Hugh, at their age and physical condition, it should be NO problem playing every game until the season ends.We're talking baseball here, not basketball or soccer. It's not as if they are on a continuous move.
Not true at all. Although I'd admit this is more important for pitchers than it is hitters. Guys move on every play, they are moving for shifts, moving into cut off positions, moving back etc etc etc, running to first, running to make a play, running the bases, running and sprinting and throwing before the games in warm ups and batting practices as well, time is spent in the gym as well even in days off. Many times through out the day they are also exerting maximum effort.
yes they are young guys, but that doesn't mean they can drastically increase their workload without putting themselves at a heightened risk of injury.
Yes Soccer and Basketball are more endurance sports, from an aerobic exercise point of view they are more stressful, but that doesn't mean that going through the every day motions of baseball from exerting maximum force on a swing, pitch, defensive running play don't wear down on the body any less....because from a physiological point of view that would not be true.
The proof is in the pudding, these guys are eased into baseball through short season ball and increased workloads in every organization across baseball. So any time you rush a youngster to the majors there is going to be an increased risk of them reaching fatigue. This doesn't mean they will get injured, but it could damped performance. You're confusing a workout, with the long term effects of on ones anatomy based on their physical actions. Let me put it to you this way, I can lift 20 lb's 400 times every day and I would get much much much more drained in sweat and probably burn more calories; or I could lift 400 Lb's 5 times a day during the same time frame. Overall, those are two completely different work outs, and have completely two different responses on the body, but that doesn't necessarily make one safer than the other or mean that one guy is more or less susceptible to fatigue.