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Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon, left, scores past San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon, left, scores past San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Relief roles these days a matter of routine, but is that the best way to run a bullpen?

When Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez won the MVP in 1984, he pitched in 80 games. Only 33 of those appearances were save opportunities.

The current trend in bullpen management — in which the best relievers are used primarily in the ninth inning to close out victories — didn't start until later. ...

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