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Celebrating the Good

Publication Date: June 23, 2004

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

I started this last year, and I think I'm going to try to make it a tradition -- this week to close out the season I want to talk about the best stories of the year, the things that made me happy or interested. In no particular order:

For those of you who have joined me for the first time during this season, first of all, welcome. I hope I've provided something of what you were looking for or wanted but didn't realize it. Breadcrumbs is a year-round endeavor, although I do take the occasional week off during the offseason (usually one a month, generally around holidays), so stick around; the offseason efforts tend to be a bit more theoretical or analytical than the stuff I have time to do during the season. This year will be a bit unusual in that I'll be taking a few weeks of paternity leave some time soon, but overall I'll be here.

Tidbits from the News

My mother always told my father, "Cecil, I can read as well as you can," at times like this, so with that in mind, I'll just point out the following stories from the news:

Pitch Count Watch

Rather than keep returning to the subject of pitch counts and pitcher usage in general too often for my main theme, I'm just going to run a standard feature down here where I point out potential problems; feel free to stop reading above this if the subject doesn't interest you. This will just be a quick listing of questionable starts that have caught my eye -- the general threshold for listing is 120 actual pitches or 130 estimated, although short rest will also get a pitcher listed if I catch it. Don't blame me; I'm just the messenger.

Date   Team   Pitcher   Opponent   IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   AB   BF   Pitches
June 18 Texas J.P. Howell Arkansas 6.2 2 1 1 6 8 21 28 132
June 18 Arizona Koley Kolberg Georgia 6.2 12 8 6 7 4 28 36 124
June 19 Cal State Fullerton Jason Windsor South Carolina 9.0 3 0 0 4 14 30 34 145
June 21 Cal State Fullerton Ricky Romero Miami 9.0 9 3 3 2 7 35 38 140

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