Originally Posted by Billy Hamilton's Legs
Dusty was careful, Bryan is just saying the way you use your bullpen, not necessarily the amount of innings, is what constitutes overusage. I don't think he was pointing the finger, but rather saying he has a different philosophy.
Overall, I was skeptical about the hire at first (I was in the camp of people who wanted a fiery/personality guy), but now I'm convinced Bryan is the right guy. He garners respect, he's not going to tolerate BS, and he's probably going to get some other new people on the coaching staff with him that should help propagate change. I'm excited.
I think people are doing cartwheels to read Price's comments as critical of Dusty.
Not sure how anyone could conclude that Dusty overused his bullpen in any way. The pen's innings were low. The pen's appearances were low. No individual reliever was among the leaders in appearances. He virtually never let his closer work more than an inning. And Price suggested nothing to the contrary.
In fact, Dusty used his bullpen precisely as Price indicated in his interview. He was not prone to constant switching off for lefty/righty match ups. That's why the game threads are replete with "Why Parra against a righty?" type comments.
On this issue Dusty obviously agrees with Price, and I see no criticism in Price's comment. None.