I’m younger than 40. I remember when I was a kid, even in Major League Baseball, that a starter didn’t get taken out unless he struggled or needed to be pinched hit for in a crucial situation.
Today, unless there’s a perfect game going on, or his “pitch count” is less than 100, he leaves the game. Why? How can Harvey Haddix and Lou Burdette each pitch 12 plus shutout innings, but today’s highly trained stars have to leave after seven innings?
I can’t recall the number of games I’ve watched in recent years where the starter has a shutout or a one run game going on through 7 or 8 innings and they bring in a closer who has an off-night and blows the game. Why take a chance when you have a guy that’s pitching great?