The baseball world at-large did not know the Washington high schooler until recently when he threw 194 pitches in a game and then let everyone know about it on Twitter.
Cy Young Award-winning pitcher David Price (@DAVIDprice14) issued this shoutout: haha you're a beast @DFosnacht5 ...but let's be a little smarter brotha!! Love the competitiveness though!! #urcoachshouldbefired.
So the debate on pitching rages on.
How many pitches are too many?
How many innings?
What's the right amount of rest between mound appearances?
"I don't like that the kids had to throw 194 pitches — that's crazy," says Bailey. "You ask 90 percent of the kids that are in that situation with a championship on the line if they are 'OK' to go on and they will say yes. At some point we need to send the message that "winning at all costs" is simply not a recipe for developing ballplayers."
Bailey says a change is called for in high school sports.
"Take the IHSAA for instance. They give baseball teams only two weeks for practice to get players ready to compete, but then allow unlimited number of pitches to be thrown. They are really setting themselves up for failure."
While the rules in the Pacific Northwest are different than Indiana, where the IHSAA says a pitcher can throw only 10 innings in a 72-hour period, Bailey says that does not keep teams from continually running the same player to the bump without enough recovery time or proper throwing mechanics.
While some say that throwing a baseball overhand is natural and that man has been doing it for centuries to bring down game, others will tell you it is not natural.
Either way, Bailey says there is a limit.
"If it takes a hunter 194 tries to bring down an animal, maybe he should be a gatherer," says Bailey. "Arm injuries happen when overuse meets inefficiency. And you never know when the breakdown is going to take place."
Bailey says that pain is different than soreness and throwing through severe pain in the soft tissue around the joints (elbow and shoulder) is a no-no.
"Pain leads to injury and injury leads to surgery," says Bailey.