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It’s The End Of The Closer As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

When Mariano Rivera went down in center field of Kauffman Stadium, clutching his knee and writhing in pain, he not only crushed the 2012 World Series hopes of New York Yankees fans across the world, but he also may have effectively eliminated the closer position as we know it.

It sounds extreme, but Rivera was one of the last legitimate closers that we have left in a league that is increasingly devaluing their role. Continue reading

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Bandwagons To Jump On (And Off) After Five Days Of Baseball

Possibly the best part of opening week in baseball is watching people jump on bandwagons and hit panic buttons with equal prematurity (side note: I use the term “panic button” way too frequently not to have one on my office desk. I could just imagine getting 200 words into a post, drawing a blank, and quickly reaching for the panic button). The first week is a time, long before the doldrums of August, that players and fans are excited at the possibilities of what may lie ahead.

Every season has early surprises, both good and bad, and this season is no exception. As a result fans tend to extrapolate the first week stats over the entire season, which we know makes no sense in a 162 game season, but we just can’t help ourselves. Most of the time we’re wrong (Albert Pujols last season), but sometimes we’re right (Adam Dunn last season). Continue reading

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Guess That 1994 Baseball Player! #25

Oh man, after a weekend of wine tasting and a tour of the Jelly Belly factory, I couldn’t be more hopped up on alcohol and sugar energized for today’s quiz.

Hopefully my sugar high won’t cloud my judgment and I’ll make a good selection. Here goes nothing… Continue reading

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Mariano Rivera’s Throat Surgery Will Shut Him Up For Once

Mariano Rivera, the best closer in baseball history, will be undergoing surgery on his vocal chords on Friday.

All I can say is…serves him right. Continue reading

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Guess That 1994 Baseball Player! #18

I remember when yesterday’s answer, Kevin Appier, was fat and over the hill and pitching for the Angels later in his career. He still had terrible mechanics but was strangely effective. It begs the question: is it better to have four or five great years and then get hurt or 15-20 mediocre years injury-free?

Think about that after you figure out today’s player. Continue reading

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