Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Closers Newsbeat

Friday, November 24, 2017

Who, me?! Why your team’s next closer will probably be a total surprise—even to him

It’s hard, looking at that group now, to appreciate how weird a list of names it is. Of course, Hector Neris and Corey Knebel look like closers now, now that we’ve seen them do it and carried them for months on our fantasy rosters. But 12 months ago, Neris and Knebel had two career saves apiece. So let’s try this: I’m going to predict the 30 pitchers who will be closers in September 2018, and you’re going to look at me like I’m insane:

Cody Allen, Henderson Alvarez. Jacob Barnes, Cam Bedrosian, Archie Bradley, Alan Busenitz, Steve Cishek, Alex Colome, Wade Davis, Edwin Diaz, Brian Duensing, Jeanmar Gomez, Chad Green, Jesse Hahn, David Hale, Brad Hand, Raisel Iglesias, Kenley Jansen, Keone Kela, Craig Kimbrel, Knebel, Tom Koehler, Jake McGee, Sam Moll, Roberto Osuna, Addison Reed, Felipe Rivero, Joe Smith, Drew Steckenrider, Hunter Strickland and Vince Velasquez.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: closers

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Piecoro: Arizona Diamondbacks riding closer Fernando Rodney into postseason

If the Diamondbacks find themselves with a slim lead after eight innings on Wednesday night, they will put their season in the hands of a closer few in baseball trust. The bullpen door will swing open and Fernando Rodney will begin his slow trek to the mound. The image alone creates anxiety for Diamondbacks fans.

Good stuff on the ups and downs with Rodney this year.

shoewizard Posted: October 04, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, diamondbacks

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Players’ View: Who Can Handle the Ninth?

Larry Andersen, Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster, and former reliever: “I don’t know if you can actually tell prior to guys doing it. I use an analogy. If you put a tightrope from the top of the foul pole in right field to the top of the foul pole in left field, and you put a net there, anybody will try it. That’s a setup guy or a middle guy. The closer has to do it without the net. You feel the tension — your whole body tightens up — because one mistake and it’s over. You have to trust that you can walk across that tightrope.

“Everybody has a fear of failure, and very few guys can put that fear of failure out of their mind. As human beings, we don’t want to be the goat. We don’t want to be the guy that let everybody down. Everything that happens prior to the closer coming in is a big part of that game, but because he’s the last one to determine the outcome, he’s looked at as the good guy or the bad guy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: closers

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Francis
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his HOF Ballot Tracker Up and Running!
(449 - 4:22pm, Dec 15)
Last: John DiFool2

NewsblogOTP 11 December, 2017 - GOP strategist: Moore would have 'date with a baseball bat' if he tried dating teens where I grew up
(2202 - 4:21pm, Dec 15)
Last: Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB)

NewsblogMets agree to two-year deal with Anthony Swarzak
(21 - 4:18pm, Dec 15)
Last: Adam Starblind

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-15-2017
(8 - 4:10pm, Dec 15)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogWinter Meeting Signings
(14 - 4:08pm, Dec 15)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogDerek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice. - The New York Times
(88 - 4:07pm, Dec 15)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(2009 - 4:01pm, Dec 15)
Last: don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(717 - 3:52pm, Dec 15)
Last: GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag)

Gonfalon CubsLooking to next year
(346 - 3:27pm, Dec 15)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogESPN: Bob Costas wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award for broadcasting
(22 - 3:18pm, Dec 15)
Last: DavidFoss

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(360 - 2:40pm, Dec 15)
Last: There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty

Sox TherapyA Container of Milk, A Loaf of Bread and a Dude Who Can Hit Home Runs
(30 - 2:39pm, Dec 15)
Last: jmurph

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(394 - 2:23pm, Dec 15)
Last: Fridas Boss

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-14-2017
(13 - 11:28am, Dec 15)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogCardinals trade for Marcell Ozuna of Marlins
(61 - 11:20am, Dec 15)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

Page rendered in 1.2673 seconds
55 querie(s) executed