Neyer: How nasty were Cincinnati’s ‘Nasty Boys’?

From SABR member Rob Neyer at on January 20, 2015:

From the preview of MLB Network’s special about the 1990 Cincinnati Reds, best-remembered for a) winning the World Series, and b) the “Nasty Boys” bullpen:

Paul O’Neill: In most bullpens, you match up lefties against lefties, and righties against righties. Lefties or righties don’t hit Rob Dibble. Lefties or righties don’t hit Norm Charlton. These guys weren’t matchup pitchers. You really could’ve drawn any one of them out of a hat to be the closer.

This is one of those things players say all the time – nobody really believes in platoon differentials, because of course we’re not able to see them on the field with any precision at all – but then you actually check and they’re usually wrong.

So let’s check.

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Originally published: January 20, 2015. Last Updated: January 20, 2015.