|ESPN.com: Buster Olney||[Print without images]|
|Don Mattingly will never attain the managerial superstar status of Joe Torre, his former boss.|
[Bryan Price] can move Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation. It's something Price wanted to do two years ago, and again this year. Ditto [Walt] Jocketty. They were overruled by CEO Bob Castellini, who seems to enjoy the theater involved when Chappy runs in from the bullpen and strikes out everyone. And by [Dusty] Baker, whose job was made easier by Chapman's role as closer/security blanket.
Baker defended keeping Chapman in the bullpen by saying that's where Chapman wanted to be. The only logical answer to that sentiment is, "So what?"
On Tuesday, Price was only slightly noncommittal regarding Chapman's role. But he made it obvious which way he was leaning: "My question in spring training was, how do you know what Chapman can do until you give him that opportunity? Pitchers get better by throwing innings. I haven't changed that philosophy."
Chapman was the Reds' most effective starter two springs in a row. As a closer, he has converted 86 percent of his saves. Guess who else converted 86 percent of his save chances, in his four years here? That'd be [Francisco] Cordero. You didn't love him.