Re: Managing The Bull-Pen
Bullpens are only as good as the third option out of the pen. Closers are overrated. Every team has one and most are good for 75% success rate or so every year, so tey negate each other. Set-up men are the same. Usually good, live young arms with the potential to be closers are in the role, or perhaps the old guy who's trying to hang on. Expensive teams blow wads of cash on these guys, with about the same results as middle of the pack teams.
LOOGY's and ROOGY's aren't statistically worth talking about.
But that first middle reliever?
The one you need to keep you in games you're losing by a couple runs, but could come back and win? The one who slams the door shut with two on and the starter recently out of the game?
He's the key.
If he's having a good year, chances are your pen is too.
As far as managers, Casey Stengel would have won with this Cincinnati team period.
So, too, the White Rat.
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