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Gregg Olson: Orioles’ emphasis on talented, structured bullpens is nothing new - Baltimore Sun

“I’m a firm believer in people knowing what their jobs are and what they’re roles are,” Olson said, “and the times that I really struggled were times when I was in bullpens and I didn’t know when the phone rang that it was me. So, I wasn’t spending the 30 minutes before that preparing for who’s coming up, how I want to face them, what situations I’m walking into.

“My five years here, I knew what the situation was when the phone rang and I took off my coat.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bullpens, orioles

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   1. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 20, 2017 at 10:26 AM (#5517224)
I can't help but think that if a pitcher is such a delicate flower that he can't go out and do what he does in any old inning, maybe he doesn't belong in a major league bullpen.
   2. BDC Posted: August 20, 2017 at 11:03 AM (#5517239)
Rangers are a game-and-a-half ahead of Baltimore this morning while relying on a talentless, unstructured bullpen.
   3. Bote Man Posted: August 20, 2017 at 01:55 PM (#5517293)
I wonder why they don't have a 7th inning pinch-hitter, an 8th inning pinch-hitter, a 9th inning pinch-hitter...I mean, how can a guy possibly be expected to go up to face some random pitcher cold?? The hitter must plot out who might be on the mound when he pinch-hits, go over strategy with the hitting coach, go to the cage to take some batting practice, choose just the right pair of batting gloves, etc. This is not child's play!!
   4. Sunday silence Posted: August 20, 2017 at 05:23 PM (#5517470)
I dunno maybe Olsen has a point. It does a little while longer to warm up to pitch then hit, no?

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