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Oliver Perez Heading to Bullpen: Omar Minaya to Blame

Published by on May 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

It has been reported that Oliver Perez is headed to the New York Mets bullpen.

According to Manager Jerry Manuel, he experienced the same thing with two starters when he was manager of the Chicago White Sox—James Baldwin and Jon Garland.

I guess what Jerry means is that those two pitchers had the unique ability to hit the sweet spot of the bat very solidly with their thrown baseball, while mixing in a few free passes to the tune of one per inning. Ollie is very good at that.

Manuel said both of the situations worked themselves out. And you know what? Manuel is correct.

In 1998, Baldwin was a 26-year-old starting pitcher in his third big league season. In his first seven st...

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