Opportunity, Ability Dictate A Pitcher’s Role

Once upon a time, an American League team had a hard-throwing righthander who had started his entire career—until he was moved to the bullpen, where he struck out more than a batter an inning, held opponents to a sub-.200 average and helped his team get to the World Series. The Rangers face that crossroads now with Neftali Feliz, but four years ago, the Tigers were in a similar position with Joel Zumaya. Or maybe not so similar.

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