Two weeks ago, Parker Bridwell and Doug Fister sat in a triple-A clubhouse in Salt Lake City, both property of the Bees’ parent club, the Angels. Eight years Fister’s junior and markedly less experienced, Bridwell posed pitching questions and received useful answers.
“Next thing you know,” Bridwell said, “we’re starting against each other on the big league level.”
Both men knew an MLB job was on the line, and the Angels last week picked Bridwell over Fister to start their Sunday series finale in Boston, not knowing they would see Fister anyway. They released him, and the Red Sox picked up Fister off waivers and started him.
For the day, the Angels’ decision proved...