Baseball Crank
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November 21, 2002
BASEBALL: Starting Kim

I also like the idea of making Byun-Hyung Kim a starter; I've long been enamored of sidearmers (ever since the Mets came up with Terry Leach in 1981), and they are generally pretty durable. The success of Derek Lowe may be encouraging teams to think of young relief stars as potential starters, which won't work in every case (Gossage, Bedrosian, Myers, Charlton) but an open mind on the question can yield huge dividends (think Wilbur Wood and Charlie Hough). Keith Foulke is another guy who deserves a shot at starting, and the Dodgers should eventually revisit which role will work best for Eric Gagne. In the long run, the Eckersley model may yet bring us back to the old (1950s and earlier) conception of the bullpen as the natural home for elderly starting pitchers who can't go 7 innings a pop anymore; John Smoltz has moved us another step in that direction.

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