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"I used to complain about the way modern bullpen usage cut down on the number of roles for pitchers. I don’t expect to see 1980s-style, anything-goes usage again, but I can remember a guy like Chuck McElroy throwing 101 innings in 71 appearances just before matchup ball really took over. There used to be room for multi-inning lefties, or even complete-inning lefties, and then for a generation MLB lefty relievers either had to be closers or LOOGYs. If this rule change means that baseball teams stop trying to develop LOOGYs, and instead let their left-handed relievers grow into wider roles, that should make for a better game.