yep, in the 70s. Al Hrabosky, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage were some of them.
posted on 05/19/2013 6:17:52 PM PDT
I remember there was some "controversy" about relievers. In Sparky Lyle's autobiography he talked about hating to be the "set up man".
Never understood why he didn't like it.
posted on 05/19/2013 6:25:33 PM PDT
("You don't look so bad, here's another")
Back in those days the closer was used differently than today. It wasn't unusual for a pitcher like Sparky Lyle or Rich Gossage to pitch two or three innings to close out a game. Those guys also came in late in games where their team was tied or trailing, so they had a lot of wins as relief pitchers in addition to saves.
Nowadays, a "two-inning save" is a rarity in baseball -- and closers rarely get a victory unless they're brought into a tie game in extra innings.
posted on 05/19/2013 7:23:29 PM PDT
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