And because of that, there’s another great joy to the postseason, a subtle one that I didn’t notice I was enjoying until a few days ago but that has been quietly making many of these innings even more entertaining than they already are: Pitch counts matter again.
Back when “Moneyball” came out, one of the hot takeaways was that there’s something glorious and underdog-ish about a lineup that makes a pitcher work. “When a team wades into the opponent’s bullpen in the first game of a series, it feasts, in Games 2 and 3, on pitching that is not merely inferior but exhausted. ‘Baseball is a war of attrition,’ Billy Beane was fond of saying, ‘and what’s being attrited is pitchers’ arms.'”
What happened? The Butch Davis regime that arrived following the 2000 season traded Wynn and running back Travis Prentice to Minnesota for draft picks. Wynn spent two seasons with the Vikings before playing four more in the Canadian Football League.
The clinics have the potential to decrease emergency room utilization by 68 percent and decrease hospitalization by 37 percent for the residents of these neighborhoods, according to Novant.
Novant added that the clinics are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.
“This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities.”