Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

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Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella was plotting to do so. It was July 2005, midway through Piniella's third — and it would turn out — final year of managing the woeful Devil Rays. Growing increasing frustrated watching his bullpen squander games repeatedly before he could get to All-Star closer Danys Baez, Piniella sat in the dugout in Chicago and unveiled his way outside the box idea. As intense as the reaction has been now to what the Rays are doing even in this age of advanced thinking and open-mindedness, you can imagine how radical Piniella's suggestion was viewed then.

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