Thrown for loops

Baseball executives don't know for sure how to protect their pitchers

Updated: August 21, 2012, 5:45 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

There is an inner torment lurking inside every baseball executive, manager and pitching coach. They wrestle with the most important aspect of their game -- the act of pitching a baseball -- as if it's a many-limbed, double-jointed creature. They know there's no way to wrap it up and subdue it, but that doesn't stop them from trying.

Nobody knows with any certainty how much someone should pitch, when they should pitch or what they should throw. Theories abound, and this isn't ...

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