I’m a bit slow, I guess, but some things I find confusing:
- Generations ago, kids played ball all the time (fewer other distractions)
- Generations ago, pro pitchers pitched every fourth day, not every fifth like today
- Generations ago, pitchers routinely went the distance in games, or at least approached each start as if they planned on finishing the game.
- Generations ago, medicine, training, education about arm health were rudimentary, at best.
- Today, fewer kids play baseball (more options)
- Today, fewer kids play baseball all the time (again more choices)
- Today, kids as young as 8 are on pitch counts (I know this first hand)
- Today, pro pitchers take the hill every 5th day, at best.
- Today, pitchers rarely go the distance, expecting to last six, maybe seven, innings before handing the ball off to a middle reliever or two, for an inning or so each, before handing the ball off to a closer.
- Today, medical knowledges and advancements are saving arms and careers.