Home Sports Column: Tony La Russa’s bullpen management — once dubbed the ‘La Russaization’ of baseball — takes center stage with the Chicago White Sox’s loaded corps of relievers

Column: Tony La Russa’s bullpen management — once dubbed the ‘La Russaization’ of baseball — takes center stage with the Chicago White Sox’s loaded corps of relievers

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High salaries and risk of injuries are the main reasons, no doubt. And having a boatload of power arms in the bullpen at your disposal is another. The Sox have seven relievers whose fastball averaged between 95 and 98 mph in the first week of 2021: Codi Heuer (98.2 mph), Michael Kopech (97.0), Garrett Crochet (96.7), Hendriks (96.3), Jose Ruiz (95.9), Aaron Bummer (95.8) and Foster (94.9). You’d imagine those numbers will tick up once their arms are built up and the weather gets warmer.

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