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By: Jayce Elliott                                                                                                               7th Period

MLB Pitcher

Baseball is a very popular sport, and is played in a lot of different countries. The pitcher is one of the most important players on the team, for if you didn't have a pitcher the ball would never be put in play. Therefore there would be no game of baseball. The pitcher's role in the game is very simple and very complex at the same time. It is simple in the fact that all that is required of him is to throw the ball to home plate. It is complex because he has to throw the ball near perfect every time, he also has to keep the batter guessing at where the ball is and how it is going to be thrown.

Baseball is an athletic ability, either you have it or you don't. You can learn to play it, but their are no classes over how to throw a baseball. No required courses are needed to be successful in this job. Although you must be 18 years of age or older to enter most players that were born in the United States choose to go to college for at least a year or two. Any college with an athletic program is a good college for a baseball player. All a pitcher needs to know how to do is to throw the ball hard and fast in a quick manner to try and strike out the batter he is facing.

Baseball gets a lot of income per year, naturally some of that goes towards paying the players what they worked so hard for. On average the MLB starting pitcher makes about $4.8 million dollars, while the backups make just about $3.5 million a year. If you are a really good pitcher you could make up to $30 million  a year. It is very hard to become a major league pitcher. It takes a lot of talent to even get into a college for baseball. There are only so many major league teams and there aren't many spots for pitchers on each team. Baseball pitchers don't have very long careers, you're lucky if you make it to your late 30's and are still very good. Usually the arm in a pitcher is worn down, this slows down the pitcher's pitches and gives the pitcher pain. Good pitchers do not last long, because the muscle in their arms are torn and ripped so bad it limits their ability to throw.

This career is wanted by a lot of people who love baseball because they get to play something they love, and at the end of it all, there is a big pay day. Luckily in baseball pitching isn't the only position. You could play outfield or anywhere in the infield. So if pitching doesn't work out for you, you could always use your skills for a different position.

I picked this career because I love to play the game of baseball. Baseball is the sport I have played the longest and there's always a spot in my life for baseball. I think this would be a good career for me because I'm good at baseball, and will play it for as long as I can.

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