Re: Murray Chass on Middle Relievers
With the reduction in not only Complete Games, but Starters not going as deep in the game due to more use of pitch counts and less numbers of quality Starters around, I believe you will see Middle relievers continue to become more important in today's baseball. I think we are seeing Middle Relief become the next fertile ground for GM's to go digging for an edge in competition.
The Age of Specialization (Set up Men, Closers, Lefty Specialists, 7th Inning Specialists, Long Men) continues to progress.
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