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Mariano Rivera

Royals' shutdown bullpen shows Orioles, other clubs where priorities should be

Royals' shutdown bullpen shows Orioles, other clubs where priorities should be

When the Orioles played the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Championship Series, much was made about the clubs' fierce bullpens.

I contributed to that hype, writing a cover piece about the subject for The Baltimore Sun’s ALCS preview.

(Here’s an aside from that 2014 Sun cover story. We wanted a portrait photo of a few members of that bullpen, but were denied. Unless, the key pitchers stressed, the entire bullpen could be in the shot. We agreed and the cover shot happened with no further concern. Pretty cool sign of unity...

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