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Encyclopedia > Relief pitcher
A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on
A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on

A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. Relievers are further divided informally into closers, middle relief pitchers, left-handed specialists, set-up pitchers and long relievers. Baseball, Bullpen, Cincinnati, 2004, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Baseball, Bullpen, Cincinnati, 2004, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (28 to 30. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... In baseball, a closer is a relief pitcher who specializes in closing games, i. ... In baseball, middle relief pitchers are relief pitchers who commonly pitch in the 6th or 7th innings or in situations where several innings worth of work is required (such as extra innings or when the starter is pulled early in the game). ... In baseball, a left-handed specialist (also called, somewhat derisively, a LOOGY or Lefty One Out Guy) is a left-handed relief pitcher who specializes in getting left-handed batters out. ... In baseball, a setup pitcher (or set-up pitcher, sometimes called the setup man) is a relief pitcher who regularly pitches before the closer. ... Long relievers are a type of relief pitchers in baseball. ...


The importance of relief pitchers has increased significantly over the past decade. This change in mindsets can be seen by watching any major game, as well as by monitoring the salaries of such pitchers. In decades past, the relief pitcher was merely an ex-starter who came into a game upon the injury, ineffectiveness, or fatigue of the starting pitcher. The bullpen was for old starters who had lost the ability to throw effectively. Many of these pitchers would be able to flourish in this diminished role. Those such as Dennis Eckersley, as with many others, actually prolonged their diminishing careers and often sparked them to new life. The added rest to their arms as well as the lessened exposure of their abilities became an advantage many would learn to capitialize on. Facing some batters only once a season, the opposition would have greater difficulty in preparation for the game. While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ...


Secondly, the relief pitcher's position has become more of a career, rather than a degradation position. Many of today's top prospects are those of relief pitchers. Furthermore, the game today often calls for those in the bullpen to often step up and become occasional starters. Their limited exposure, as was stated before, often can give these chance starters an edge. This ability to fill starts effectively often leads to less down time of the main starters, as well as longer, healthier careers. For example, the lengthy careers of such pitchers as Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling are a few examples of pitchers whose careers were extended by the assistance of relief pitchers. Furthermore, many pitchers who started as relief pitchers have gone on to prosper and remain starters, like Pedro Martínez. Randall David Johnson (born September 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California), is a left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... Curtis Montague Schilling (born November 14, 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska) is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks following the 2003 season. ... Pedro Jaime Martínez (born October 25, 1971 in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic) is a baseball pitcher who plays for the New York Mets. ...


Another reason for the advancement of the skill in the relief positions is due to the game's ever expanding need for a psychological edge. A batter who can't hit well off the movement of a left-hander's curveball will often be pitched to by a left-hander in a late inning situation. In late innings such as the 7th, 8th, and 9th, many managers are known for changing pitchers often as the situation dictates, such as Tony LaRussa. Anthony LaRussa, Jr. ...


Some of today's best known relief pitchers are Trevor Hoffman, Francisco Rodríguez, Éric Gagné, and Mariano Rivera. Four relievers are currently in the Baseball Hall of FameHoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley (although Eckersley was a starter before moving to the bullpen), and Bruce Sutter. Trevor William Hoffman (born October 13, 1967 in Bellflower, California) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played for the San Diego Padres since 1993. ... Francisco José Rodríguez (born January 7, 1982 in Caracas, Venezuela), nicknamed K-Rod, is a Major League Baseball player. ... Éric Serge Gagné (born January 7, 1976 in Montreal, Québec, Canada), pronounced GAHN-yay, is a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama), nicknamed Mo (and less frequently, Sandman), is a relief pitcher for Major League Baseballs New York Yankees. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... James Hoyt Wilhelm (July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina - August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl. ... Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California), nicknamed Eck, was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 (his first year of eligibility). ... Howard Bruce Sutter (born January 8, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) (last name is pronounced with a long U, i. ...


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Middle relief pitcher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (216 words)
In baseball, middle relief pitchers are relief pitchers who commonly pitch in the 6th or 7th innings or in situations where several innings worth of work is required (such as extra innings or when the starter is pulled early in the game).
The 8th and 9th innings are generally reserved for specialty pitchers (such a left-handed specialists, setup pitchers or closers) but middle relief pitchers may work these innings as well, especially if the game is not close.
In the Major Leagues, middle relief pitchers are often minor leaguers who are being auditioned for more important roles with the club.
Relief pitcher - definition of Relief pitcher in Encyclopedia (215 words)
A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue.
A relief pitcher generally has two good pitches – a fastball and some other pitch such as a slider, screwball, or changeup.
In the early years of the sport, relief pitchers were generally former starting pitchers who no longer had the endurance to throw for several innings.
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