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Dbacks to use Heilman as a reliever

Nov 20, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

As Matthew noted yesterday, while Aaron Heilman has started before, he’s probably a better bet to pitch out of the pen.  Seems that the Dbacks’ GM Josh Byrnes agrees, as he said last night that Heilman “definitely strengthens our bullpen.”

Remember back when Heilman’s agent made a big fuss over this, saying “The object is to get out of the bullpen. The most success he’s ever
had as a pitcher has been as a starting pitcher. He was drafted by the
Mets as a starting pitcher”?

Yeah, that was objectively wrong — Heilman’s ERA as a starter is 5.93 and 3.63 as a reliever — but even the best of us have a hard time admitting that we’re not as good at what we want to do in life as opposed to what we like to do.  So keep an eye on the Dbacks camp come February and wait for the complaining to start.

  1. John_Michael - Nov 20, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Starters make more money than relievers. Relievers make more money than Out-of-the-Leaguers. Suddenly, the seat in the bullpen looks pretty comfy.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    The important question is, did Heilman spend enough time in the locker room at Wrigley Field to contract that slow-incubating prion-born brain disease that the missionary doctors in Indonesia called “De Vloek van de geitebok.” I believe it was only recently diagnosed by electron micoscopist Stefan Bartmann during the destructive distillation of a Cubs baseball at the Centrum voor de Studie van Ongeloofwaardige Ziekten in Jakarta. Delusions of excellence are one of the primary symptoms, followed by an idiotic grin and a catastrophic loss of concentration and coordination in September or, more rarely, October.

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