St. Louis Cardinals fans remember the name Ernie Broglio for one thing – the right-hander was the centerpiece of the 1964 trade that brought future Hall of Famer Lou Brock to St. Louis from Chicago.
Today, we have another reason to remember Broglio, who in 1960 was good enough to win 21 games for the Cardinals. That season, Broglio signaled the end of an era as he also appeared in 28 games out of the bullpen to go with his 24 starts.
It took 52 years for another Cardinals hurler to win at least 17 games while appearing in as many as six games in relief. The man who accomplished it here in 2012 is none other than Lance Lynn.
With the pitching specialization of today, starting pitchers no longer regularly appear out of the bullpen between starts. In fact, the only reason Lynn joined this group was due to his temporary banishment from the rotation.
Prior to Broglio, this dual workload was commonplace. 35 Cardinals pitchers joined the list between 1901 and 1954, but only two since.