August 19, 2002

I hate to say I told you so...

This blog was started way back on August 1st of this year.

My first ever entry was about Marlins' pitcher A.J. Burnett.

Here are a few quotes:

"Burnett has been one of baseball's top pitchers throughout the season and he was awesome tonight, but the way his manager, Jeff Torborg, is using him has me worried about his future."

"There is just no way that a 25 year old pitcher in his 2nd full season in the majors should be allowed to consistently throw that many pitches, start after start after start."

"Burnett has been great this year and he looks like he will be a stud for years to come. But the way he is being treated makes me think he is in line for some arm troubles."

Since that post, Burnett has started 3 games.

93 pitches on August 7th

123 pitches on August 12

117 pitches yesterday

And today, just as I predicted, A.J. Burnett was placed on the disabled list after complaining about a sore elbow.

According to what I have read, he is likely done for the entire season.

In addition to what this does to my Diamond-Mind keeper league team (I was counting on A.J. to be the ace of my staff next year) this really pisses me off.

One quote by Marlins' "manager" Jeff Torborg really got to me.

When asked if Burnett would be rushed back into the rotation, Torborg said:

"We would never do anything to hurt him. With the future this guy's got, no way."

What a F@!%ing moron!

This kid is 25 years old and he is averaging 112 pitcher per start!

He is second only to Randy Johnson in pitcher abuse!

He has 7 complete games!

This year he has games of 124, 125, 125, 121, 128, 127, 128, 132, 128 and 123 pitches!

All while pitching for a team that is over 20 games back in their division!

What Jeff Torberg and the rest of the entire Marlins' "organization" has done to this kid is criminal.

I only hope that the rest of this season is all that they have taken away from Burnett.

I suspect it will probably end up being more than that.

They may end up taking away some velocity or some command or the majority of his career.

But hey, as Torberg says, "We would never to anything to hurt him."

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