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Chairman of the committee

The Red Sox's one-man committee at closer has allowed the rest of their bullpen to thrive in defined roles.

Originally Published: May 20, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

A year ago, the Boston Red Sox front office could have been forgiven for trying to add the bullpen phone to the "Do Not Call'' list. Whenever it rang, and for whomever it rang, bad things inevitably followed -- blown leads and sagging confidence among them.

Twelve months later, it's all very different. The personnel has changed, and so has the philosophy. Most obviously, so have the results.

A year after the Boston bullpen nearly short-circuited the team's playoff hopes and ...

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