Re: The Reds Already Have a Lights out Closer
To be fair, Papelbon never started a game until he was older than Bailey is now and already a pro, he was converted to a closer from a position player in college, so he'd probably had as much or more experience as a reliever than as a starter. For a 26 year old, he has very little pitching experience in any role. Still, the Red Sox turned Papelbon into a starting pitcher in the minors because they believed he had the potential, and he showed it, and I don't think they ever intentionally decided to turn him back into a closer without first giving him the chance to fail as a starter. It just sort of happened out of need, and he performed so well that it took an injury scare to make the decision to convert him back. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake, and Papelbon's no Bailey.
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