From Jared Diamond at the Wall Street Journal on September 20, 2018:
The Tampa Bay Rays endured boatloads of criticism when they unveiled an unorthodox pitching plan for 2018: In place of a fifth starter, they often scheduled “bullpen days,” in which a parade of relievers worked the whole game.
The move opened the Rays to skepticism, ridicule—and more nefarious allegations. They were accused of intentionally fielding a noncompetitive roster and artificially depressing their players’ future salaries, with Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke going as far as to call it “bad for baseball.”
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Originally published: September 20, 2018. Last Updated: September 20, 2018.