From the DDN:
Biggest thing to come out of this article is a quote from Tim Naehring:
“We haven’t hired a new general manager yet,” Naehring cautioned, “but we’ll go back to a more traditional way of playing the game.”
That means a five-man rotation and higher pitch counts, but the Reds still intend to limit the number of pitches, especially for the younger prospects.
The few players (and one player’s mom) that I talked to were unanimous in their dislike for the piggy-back starting concept. One player even told me that it leads to doing MORE throwing, not less and you were throwing too much.
I can’t say that I’m a fan or critic of the piggy-back idea. It definitely hurt the lower minor teams in terms of being competitive, but if it kept pitchers healthy, is that a bad thing? And, did it keep pitchers healthy? Was it given enough of a chance to determine if it was a good system or not?