Late and Close: A History of Relief Pitching (Google eBook)
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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The Turn of the Century Brings Changes 19001919
Newer Pitching Strategies Develop 19201945
The Relief Specialist as a Profession 19461959
Relievers Begin Their Domination 19601969
The Steady Erosion of the Complete Game 19701979
Middle Relievers Setup Men and Closers 19801989
Expansion Realignment and a Wild Card Accentuate the 1990s
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