Who knows who called the pitch–perhaps it was Torre. Whatever the case, Hammond certainly could have shaken it off. He’s the pitcher out there, so the buck stops with him. As for my “demented mind”: the point is not that Lambchop “had an intentionally crappy bullpen”–an absurd suggestion that reveals something of your own warped mind (have you been getting enough sleep?)–but that he could experiment with the “bullpen by committee” with the safe knowledge that if things did not work out he could always make improvements midseason at a time when the value-to-dollar ratio was more favorable.
Posted by YF on 7/30/2003 11:00:26 AM