Hasegawa is the frontrunner right now. If he can convert his next 3 or 4 chances as easily as he did last night, I think they will stick with him until Sasaki comes back. Unfortunately, when it comes to bullpen by committe, no one is absolutely sure who is going to end up with the job.
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According to Fanball, it appears that Hasegawa is now indeed named the closer:
Mariners: Hasegawa takes over as closer
by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Monday, July 7, 2003
Bob Melvin named reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa as the team's new closer following Saturday's save, the Tacoma News Tribune reported. Hasegawa will hold the role until the injured Kazuhiro Sasaki returns. "He gets both lefties and righties out, and in situations where teams have both coming up, he fits," Melvin said. "In a perfect world, Shige is the closer." Jeff Nelson and Arthur Rhodes had been shaky in attempting to save recent games.
Seattle is not expecting Sasaki to return until August, so fantasy owners in need of saves should definitely jump on Hasegawa.