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Closer Debate: Why Saves Are Overated

Published by on June 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Everyone knows that there are a few unwritten rules in the game of baseball, just as there are in many sports. Taking a 3-0 pitch, holding the runners with a 10 run lead, batting your pitcher ninth, and using the closer in the ninth inning.

Over the last few decades the closer position in baseball has become one of the most important positions on the team, and rightfully so. Just ask the '08 Mets or the '09 Rays what it is like to not have a closer.

The closer is usually a team's best shut-down pitcher. Usually a guy that has a low number of walks and a high number of strike outs.

The job now-a-days for a closer is simple, way too simple in my mind. He's obligated to come in and get the last three outs o...

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