Ain't the news coverage of baseball great again? Now that both college ball and MLB spring training are underway, the sports pages are brimming with baseball stories. Today's New York Times has a nice piece by Ben Shpigel about the Mets trying to avoid rushing their pitching talent. The story focuses on the Mets' effort not to allow pitching prospects to throw too many innings early in their professional careers.
The Mets' pitching prospect Phillip Humber (pictured on right) -- who pitched on the Cape for the Y-D Red Sox -- made Page 1 of the sports page. Humber, who went 1-4 with a 5.28 ERA for Y-D, was the Mets' #1 draft pick in 2004.
"Humber he threw 128 innings for Rice University in 2003 when it won the national championship, then another 30 2/3 innings that summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League.," the Times reported.