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    Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Since the Reds bull-pen has become as usefull as a trap-door in a canoe, I thought it would be ineresting to hear your thoughts on assembling a "bull pen of your dreams".

    I'd be interested in knowing...

    1) The types of pitchers you'd desire. For example, all 95mph heat throwers, all closer types, all junk ball pitchers, all young and hungry, all old and "scrapy", etc etc. What is your strategy for the "perfect bullpen"?

    2) If you could magically assemble a bullpen out of any current pitcher in MLB, who would make your bullpen and why?

    3) If you could assemble a bullpen out of any pitchers from MLB's history, who would be on your dream team bull-pen?

    Feel free to answer any or all questions. Fabulous cash and prizes have been chosen especially for the winner of todays topic.
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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Mariano Rivera, the Nasty Boys, and Jesse Orosco.

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    1) I'll take a mixture of everything with both a left-handed (Wagner type) and right-handed (Dibble type) flamethrower. Great bullpens usually have atleast one guy that can bring the heat.

    2) Thinking about assembling a bullpen out of current players kind of upsets me because if we had a great bullpen we'd have a legit shot at the world series this year. Unfortunately, our pen sucks and shows absolutely no signs of getting better.

    3) To start, I'll take the 1990 Cincinnati Reds Nasty Boys (Myers, Dibble, and Charlton). They were so good I bet they could overcome having guys like White, Burns, and Weathers in the same pen. Any lead going into the 8th was safe, it was great. If I could throw a few more to those 3 I'd take Rivera, Gagne, Hoffman, and Sutter. Five righties and 2 lefties.

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    I'd have to say if I were to assemble it out of today's players I would go with, assuming we need 7:
    1)Tom Gordon-set-up(R)
    2)Brandon McCarthy-(R)-young long relief guy
    3)John Papelbon-closer (R)
    4)JJ Putz-middle inning heat (R)
    5)Huston Street-middle inning (R)
    6)Rheal Cormier-(L) good veteran lefty
    7)Mike Stanton-(L) another veteran lefty, but with post season exp, good leader for youngsters.

    As you can see I go mostly with youth but mix in veterans to mesh them.

    I still take the 1990 Reds bullpen, for my all time bullpen

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    In no certain order:

    Mariano Rivera (R)
    Jonathan Papelbon (R)
    Tom Gordon (R)
    Joe Nathan (R)
    Bobby Jenks (R)
    Scot Shields (R)
    Billy Wagner (L)
    Brian Fuentes (L)
    B.J. Ryan (L)


    I dont know how many guys you would have in the bullpen, but thats 9 right there.
    I could drop it down to 7 or 8 if I would need to.

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Using players only from 2006:

    M. Rivera - NYY
    J. Papelbon - BOS
    H. Street - OAK
    F. Rodriguez - LAA
    B. Jenks - CWS
    C. Cordero - WAS
    E. Gagne - LAD

    I'd take those 7 anyday of the week and let each one come in to act like a closer for their given inning.

    If I had to assign them roles, it would be as follows:

    CL - Rivera
    SU - Gagne

    MR - Jenks
    MR - Rodriguez
    MR - Street
    MR - Cordero

    LR - Papelbon

    Either way, this is a scary bullpen

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
    Using players only from 2006:

    M. Rivera - NYY
    J. Papelbon - BOS
    H. Street - OAK
    F. Rodriguez - LAA
    B. Jenks - CWS
    C. Cordero - WAS
    E. Gagne - LAD

    I'd take those 7 anyday of the week and let each one come in to act like a closer for their given inning.


    Either way, this is a scary bullpen
    You've got 7 RH closers in that pen. That doesn't work. You need some long relievers and some LH specialists. The best LH specialist I've seen this year is Jimmy Walker of Detroit.

    I think I'd like to have Rivera and Billy Wagner as a R/L closer tandem. Brandon McCarthy as the long guy. Walker as my lefty specialist. I'd also like a crafty veteran who throws some sinkers and can me some DPs like Bob Wickman. Throw in another veteran, Scot Shields and that'll be my pen. I don't like 12 man staffs, so I'll go with a 6 man bullpen

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray
    You've got 7 RH closers in that pen. That doesn't work. You need some long relievers and some LH specialists. The best LH specialist I've seen this year is Jimmy Walker of Detroit.

    I think I'd like to have Rivera and Billy Wagner as a R/L closer tandem. Brandon McCarthy as the long guy. Walker as my lefty specialist. I'd also like a crafty veteran who throws some sinkers and can me some DPs like Bob Wickman. Throw in another veteran, Scot Shields and that'll be my pen. I don't like 12 man staffs, so I'll go with a 6 man bullpen
    I thought long and hard about that list, and I'd take those 7 RH. Wagner has never impressed me being a 2 pitch guy, and Walker is ok but I don't like the idea of a specialist to get 1 guy out. I've never really liked the idea. Call me the anti-Tony LaRussa.

    My question is why do you need long relievers? If your rotation is strong enough, you'd never need a reliever to go more than 2 innings, and everyone on my list of 7 can go 2 IP.

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Bullpen arms these days seem to burn out quickly with a few obvious exceptions like John Franco, Mariano Rivera, and Bruce Sutter. That's why my Dream Team is based on current pitchers that I think bring it the best right now. I'm assuming a 7-man group since that seems to be the norm on this thread. Keep in mind that this list is based on those pitchers who are blowing things up right now or at least somewhere close to right now...

    Long relief/mop up guy: Byung-Hyun Kim (R)

    I know, I know, he lost it in the playoffs. Still, it's good to have situational guy with a herky jerky delivery, and this guy astounds me every I see him. He must be damn flexible to manage that contortion 100 times a week.

    Middle reliever: Rafael Soriano, Mariners (R)

    This guy is just sick. He blows people away on a nightly basis and if he just had a little more control (and a little more durability) he'd warrant a more glamorous role in my bullpen.

    Middle reliever: Scott Linebrink, Padres (R)

    A shutdown 8th inning monster that the Reds should try to imitate with Todd Coffey. He's a great example of why a bullpen ace doesn't have to be a closer.

    Middle reliever: BJ Ryan, Blue Jays (L)

    He's got insane heat from the left side, always a rare commodity. He used to be a set-up man and I think it's a natural position for him. He could close in a pinch too, don't you think?

    Situational lefty: Arthur Rhodes, Phillies (L)

    He's been a bit off this year, but this guy is just downright mean. He just looks badass when he steps on the rubber, and that's what I want when my team needs an out against a tough lefty. If he doesn't have his good stuff, I just order him to throw 95 MPH heat right at somebody. We've got enough depth in this bullpen to replace him for a few games, right? And I'm sure we'd win the ensuing brawl...

    Primary set-up man: Scot Shields, Angels (R)

    Could be a closer for at least half the teams in MLB. Maybe even the Angels as he's more consistent than K-Rod these days.

    Closer: Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox (R)

    Young, talented and dialed in: that's the best combo for a position rife with injuries, player turnover, and emotional meltdowns. I want my closer to think he's invinceable.... and if we're lucky, he'll make it through the World Series thinking the same thing.

    Now that I look at my list, I think I'd be better served with another lefty. I'm too tired to go back and fix it now, but I'm pretty sure I'd win a lot of games with these players in these roles. Heck, I'd just need 1 1/2 competent starters, and the division would be mine!
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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
    I thought long and hard about that list, and I'd take those 7 RH. Wagner has never impressed me being a 2 pitch guy, and Walker is ok but I don't like the idea of a specialist to get 1 guy out. I've never really liked the idea. Call me the anti-Tony LaRussa.

    My question is why do you need long relievers? If your rotation is strong enough, you'd never need a reliever to go more than 2 innings, and everyone on my list of 7 can go 2 IP.
    What kind of world are you living in that says your starters will always go 7 innings? Maybe in the 1920s, but not in the 21st century. Chances are even on the best of staffs, a team will not go a week with every starter going at least 7 innings. In the real world you need long relievers. There will also be extra inning games. If we were to expand this discussion to include past players, I'd throw in a rubber arm like Rick Mahler or Pedro Borbon or even Scott Sullivan.

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    1967 - Ted Abernathy
    1990 - Rob Dibble
    1973 - Pedro Borbon
    1987 - Frank Williams
    1990 - Randy Meyers

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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner
    Since the Reds bull-pen has become as usefull as a trap-door in a canoe, I thought it would be ineresting to hear your thoughts on assembling a "bull pen of your dreams".

    I'd be interested in knowing...

    1) The types of pitchers you'd desire. For example, all 95mph heat throwers, all closer types, all junk ball pitchers, all young and hungry, all old and "scrapy", etc etc. What is your strategy for the "perfect bullpen"?

    2) If you could magically assemble a bullpen out of any current pitcher in MLB, who would make your bullpen and why?

    3) If you could assemble a bullpen out of any pitchers from MLB's history, who would be on your dream team bull-pen?

    Feel free to answer any or all questions. Fabulous cash and prizes have been chosen especially for the winner of todays topic.
    How come you don't ever answer any of your questions? Not just in this thread but in all the "question" threads you start. Not trying to be a jerk and I suppose it really doesn't matter but that's what I find myself pondering most when I read your threads.
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    Re: Bull Pen of Your Dreams

    Because when I answer a thread, there really isn't anything left to say......

    Ok, kidding there. Mostly, I'm interested in what other people think, which is why I asked the questions in the first place. Hopefully a nice "conversation" ensues with lots of different trains of thought, experiences, etc. People may interpret my question differently than I intended it, so I don't want to guide the topic in any direction other than the basic question.

    Also, my historical knowledge of baseball isn't as good as it should be. So when I ask a question that involves historical players I woln't answer because I'm not informed enough to make a serrious controbution.

    Sometimes I don't know the answer to the question when I post it so I don't answer it until later on so I have a chance to think about it.
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    Hell, just give me the Bizarrro-World version of the 2006 Reds bullpen. They'd be impossible to beat.
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