Tom Talks Baseball #27: Role Players

The relief pitcher who pitches more in the “holds” spots than the “save” spots….

The guy who bats 7th….

The utility player who can fill in at multiple positions to give guys days off, or plug the hole during an injury.

What separates good teams from bad ones? Great role players like the Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez.

What do all the good teams have in common?  Star power.  Household names.  Guys you hear about every day, and should.  But while a guy can carry a team for a week or two, he needs help.  That’s where role players come in.

All the teams competing for the playoffs this year have guys on their roster who fill in when needed, and produce at a high level.  This week, David Lovejoy and I are talking about some of these players, and discuss why they are just as important to their respective teams as the stars are.

Quick Hitters covers a lot of ground this week.  Injuries, Little League, A big series down in Houston, contract extensions, cycles, and more!  We had a winner in the Guess That Stance contest.  See who won the bobblehead this week!  And Tom’s Top 5 switches leagues, as I give you my top five American League MVP Candidates.

We’ve had a lot of fun with the podcast this year (and hopefully you are too!), but I will be out of town the next couple of weeks.  Because of that, we’re going on short hiatus.  Don’t worry, we’ll be back in time to get ready for post season play!  In the meantime, keep up to date on the Tom Talks Baseball Podcast Facebook page.  I still plan on posting various content there to keep the conversation going.

Thanks as always for listening, and talk to you again next time, on the Tom Talks Baseball Podcast!

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