Friday, January 07, 2005
Jeff Montgomery Born
Jeff Montgomery was the ninth pitcher to earn three-hundred saves and the first to earn all three-hundred with one team (since joined by Mariano Rivera and Troy Percival). Montgomery was unique among his reliever brethren in that while most of them are associated with one single dominant pitch—Rivera's cutter is probably the best known but the connection can be made with most prominent closers—he had a starter's repertoire of four pitches: Fastball, slider, curve, and change-up. Common theory is that closers (and relievers in general) only have a pitch or two for two reasons: (1) If they had more than two pitches, they'd be starting and (2) If you're coming in with the game on the line, you don't want to be fiddling around trying to figure out what pitches are working that day.