Baseball Coaching Questions & Answers
Parent asking about Pitcher Responsiblity December 26 2015, 0 Comments
My son pitched to one batter in his last game. The bases were loaded when he came in and he unfortunately walked in the winning run. How is this counted against him since none of the runs were his. Is he credited with anything except the walk?
You are correct, the walk is all your son, pitcher, get placed on his score sheet for that game. The other 3 runner and there actions were the responsibility of the original pitcher. Though I know internally your son feels like it is his fault, but he did not put those 3 runners there, and how would he feel if they scored in some other way EX: pass ball, error, steal those things that he had no control over the result would have been the same and your son (the pitcher) did his job and other did not, that is why it is a team WIN OR LOSS, a single act did not cause this result. Take up an individual sport like, golf, wrestling, tennis, track where you have total control over the situation. He will be fine and I ask you don't worry about statistics, just as the team of which your son is part of to do things right then winning and losing will take care of itself.
Coach Arnald Swift