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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)
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