The Age Of The Setup Man

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for another two weeks, but I really need to get something baseball-related in here.

Personally, I have always had a problem with the concept of a “closer” being more valuable than the “fireman” of yore (i.e., as recently as the 80’s). I’ve fought like hell with sabre guys who, despite their own development and appreciation of the “high-leverage situation,” continue, for the most part, to proselytize that the best pitcher in the bullpen should be held until the ninth – even if Albert Pujols is batting third in the eighth.

Fortunately, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski recently looked into the issue of the most advantageous role for a team’s dominant reliever and, in prose that even the most die-hard sabrematician would appreciate, presented the most compelling argument to the return of the fireman.

Complete article via Joe Posnanski

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