The Seattle Mariners have nine right-handed relievers in their bullpen this month, and one of them is Chance Ruffin, a second-generation big-leaguer acquired as the player to be named in the Doug Fister trade.
When that mob of righties sit together in the bullpen, they talk. And Ruffin listens and learns.
"I've learned how to pitch different guys, the patience of big-league hitters, clubhouse etiquette," Ruffin said. "I listen to (coach) Jaime Navarro, Jamey Wright and my dad."
Oh, dad. That would be former pitcher Bruce Ruffin, who spent 12 years working for Philadelphia, Colorado and Milwaukee. How often do they talk?
"Probably every other day, and whenever I pitch, he'll call the next day," Ruffin said. "He'll offer a little advice, talk about my mechanics. After the Indians game, when I walked three guys, he said ""You're rushing your front side, and when you do that your arm drops. You've got to get back on top of the ball.'
"When I get the same advice from my dad I get from (pitching coach) Carl Willis, I can be pretty sure they're right."
Ruffin has also learned from his fellow rookies, talking to them about shared experiences - on and off the mound.
"We're all here, learning together," Ruffin said. "If one guy knows something, we share it."
In seven games with Seattle, he's 1-0 with a 3.68 earned run average and opponents are batting .250 against him.