Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
Charlie underperformed in Cincy.....he even blamed Bench for not letting him pitch to his strenghts. He obviously showed up better in KC and ATL.
Heck...the Reds had Jay Howell and Shane Rawley (traded for Dave Collins)
Junk balling lefties generally do need extra time. See Chris Hammond and Jamie Moyer.
The key is to acquire these guys at the right time. Bob Howsam did that to a T in the 70s by stealing Freddie Norman from the Padres.