In the past twenty years, Major League Baseball has experienced a slow but powerful revolution on a dozen fronts that has altered, refined, and expanded the game in ways inconceivable twenty-five years ago.
Key aspects of baseball have evolved, like Divisional and Inter-league play. Sabermetrics has opened up a new world of objective analysis that has altered the value of traditional statistics and continues to create more relevant measures of player performance. MLB franchise ownership has become an almost automatic revenue generating machine thanks to exponential increases in media revenue.
One of the final frontiers in the game is the evolution of the bullpen, a process which continues as the 2013 season is set to begin.
In San Francisco, the art of the bullpen is used as a major building block of success for the World Champion Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy has long been considered a zenmaster in bullpen construction and the utilization of relief pitchers-- his philos...