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You are confused. My argument was not "managers and GMs say this can't be done," it is "no pitchers in modern history have ever done what you claim is possible." Can you really not see the difference? Yes, relievers in the past threw 110 IP, at performance level X. Today they throw 75 IP, but at performance level 2*X. You can't just assert that it's possible to do 110/2*X, and demand that others prove you wrong.
However, it does not follow that because current bullpen usage is sub-optimal, the bullpen model which held in the 1970s is superior.
I agree. The problem is that for every Duane Ward who gives you huge value, you're going to lose out on several more potential Duane Wards who either get hurt or don't pitch as well with a less structured workload.
I've been saying that the bullpen of today is better, but has a way to go, and unfortunately it's not going to improve, as long as the save stat is still getting credence.
Second, what evidence do you have to support the assertion that Ward's handling is generally destructive?
In short, everything we know tells us that the less often you use a pitcher (within reason), and the fewer innings you ask him to pitch, the more effective he will be. This is perhaps the most important truth that baseball has discovered over the past 3 decades -- vastly more important than the importance of OBP -- and yet many fans continue to miss this simple truth.
I'm never very convinced with the 'we can't fix it 100% so why bother at all' arguments.
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