10 Milwaukee Brewers Records That Will Likely Never Be Broken Again
By David Gasper
Brewers record that will likely never be broken #6
Innings Pitched – Single season
Record: 1973 – Jim Colborn – 314.1 IP
Yeah, the days of pitchers throwing 300 innings in a single season are long gone and they aren’t coming back. Colborn is actually the only pitcher in Brewers history to eclipse the 300 inning mark in one season, and that club is going to get more and more lonely as the years go on.
The most recent pitcher to even make the Top 10 for innings pitched in a season in franchise history was Cal Eldred back in 1993 with 258 innings.
Fans may be critical of manager Craig Counsell not allowing his pitchers to go deep into games, quickly going to the bullpen when managers never used to way back in the day. But this isn’t even just about Counsell and how he manages. This is a trend across the game of baseball and it won’t matter who the manager is going forward, 300 IP seasons won’t happen again.
Teams invest a lot in pitching and given the sharp increase in pitching injuries in recent years, teams have been cautious with deploying their pitchers and shutting them down even with minor injuries. Pitching through a minor injury now may lead to a major injury later and could completely derail a player’s career. Players don’t want that and teams don’t want that.
Even finding pitchers to throw 200 innings in a season nowadays is tough to do. Corbin Burnes put up one of the most dominant pitching seasons of all time in 2021, and he only had 167 innings under his belt. If he was dominating like that in 1973, he likely would’ve gotten close to 300 innings. But this isn’t 1973.
With the expansion of bullpens, the cautiousness of teams, and the uptick in arm injuries, Colborn’s 314.1 IP isn’t going to be broken, likely ever again. No matter how good, how dominant a pitcher may be, they aren’t going to break this record.