Re: Time for Papelbon to start?
- From: Gary <golferace2@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 20:30:54 -0400
On Fri, 01 Sep 2006 00:04:04 GMT, Dave Bismo <bismo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I know this is a very unpopular opinion, but I think they should (and
will) keep Papelbon in his current role. A very good starter might be
more valuable than a great reliever. Papelbon might be a very good
starter. But I know he *is* a great reliever. You know what I mean?
And AFAIK, Papelbon wants to stay in the pen. As long as he's this
dominant, I say leave well enough alone. (But I certainly respect the
majority opinion, and I acknowledge its merit.)
This might be a case of "no wrong answer". Arguments can be reasonably
made to keep Papelbon as a closer or to move him to the starting
rotation. I understand many think the role of closer is over-rated,
but I don't agree. In reality, a good team needs both good starting
pitching AND a pitcher who can close out wins. It just can't be
It's too bad that neither Manny Delcarmen or Hansen staked a claim to
be next year's closer.
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