Originally Posted by Mutaman
Obviously thats not what kerri was referring to because thats not the way Gossage was used. When Gossage came in during the 7th, he stayed to finish. He was not a "specialist", he was a closer who often pitched multiple innings.
I think we're talking past each other here. You are right about Gossage and how he was used, of course, but Keri doesn't say anything about how he envisions Chapman's role in terms of overall usage -- and since he doesn't really elaborate on that, it's impossible to know whether it would be a healthy or an unhealthy situation.
Stepping away from Keri for the moment, in any case, I concur with RMR that there are conceivable situations in which a dominant RP could be used to "put out fires" in a way that doesn't involve a consistent "closer" role where he is coming in with the bases empty in the 9th every other game. It's about using your best arms in high leverage situations.