Late and Close: A History of Relief Pitching (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Mar 4, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 191 pages
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Relief pitchers have important roles in baseball today, often coming in to pitch at some of the game's most critical and exciting moments, but they have not always been a part of the game. This work provides a history of relief pitching in the major leagues and explains how, why, and when it began to evolve. It discusses the first managers--John McGraw, Leo Durocher, and Joe McCarthy--who used relief pitchers to win games, and the managers who took full advantage of it in later years--Casey Stengel, Earl Weaver, and Tony LaRussa. It also covers how and when the idea of a pitcher's hurling a complete game began to disappear, great World Series performances by relievers, how relief pitchers are rated and why, what the future holds for them, and how and when they were used not only to finish games but as long and middle relievers, setup men, and closers. Profiles of leading relief pitchers over the years are also included.
  

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Contents

The Early Years 18451899
3
The Turn of the Century Brings Changes 19001919
15
Newer Pitching Strategies Develop 19201945
27
The Relief Specialist as a Profession 19461959
39
Relievers Begin Their Domination 19601969
57
The Steady Erosion of the Complete Game 19701979
72
Middle Relievers Setup Men and Closers 19801989
89
Expansion Realignment and a Wild Card Accentuate the 1990s
104
The New Millennium Brings a Mixture of the Old and the New
116
The Great World Series Performances
131
Evaluating the Relief Corps
151
Inside the Bullpen
159
Relief Pitching in the 21st Century
171
Bibliography
177
Index
179
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About the author (2002)

Paul Votano is also the author of Tony Lazzeri (2005) and Stand and Deliver: A History of Pinch-Hitting (2003). He lives in LaGrangeville, New York where he operates his own public relations agency.

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