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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby silverZ » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:08 am

I thought the Rockies 9th inning was Streets job to lose...which is likely considering how bad he was last year.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:10 am

Everything I've read has indicated that Street is the closer to begin the season. He's got it together.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby rookies and cream » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:17 am

silverZ wrote:I thought the Rockies 9th inning was Streets job to lose...which is likely considering how bad he was last year.


If Street was bad, what was Corpas?
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby DaShiz23 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:19 am

Love the thread! Use it every year. Hopefullty I can contribute this year a little more! ;-D
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Havok1517 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:17 am

Say hello to the likely closer-of-the-future as former UG closer Josh Fields signs with the Mariners. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he breaks camp with the club and end up as the closer during the '09 season as he's pretty much already there in terms of talent and skill with regard to closers.

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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Havok1517 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:31 am

rookies and cream wrote:
Havok1517 wrote:2. corpas has been endorsed as the Col closer


Do you have a link for this?


Conflicting reports here. I'm going to leave it as is as Street could still be dealt during the pre-season.

According to the Denver Post, "the Rockies have told people close to Manny Corpas" that he will be the team's closer even after the trade for Huston Street. Source: Denver Post


Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd hinted Tuesday that Huston Street would enter spring training as the favorite to close over Manny Corpas. Source: Denver Post
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby Element » Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:37 am

Slightly nit picking, but I would think that Cory Wade would be next in line before Mota for the Dodgers. He would have to be more valuable of a MR option heading into Spring.

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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby smoovethug » Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:53 am

This is always a great thread before the game commentary hits it. As always Havok, your work is appreciated. Here are my head-scratchers.

Baltimore can in no way be safe until Chris Ray proves he's healthy. To a lesser extent, the same can be said about Percival in Tampa Bay. Both of their managers have hinted at sharing or committees to close out games which we all know is no fun.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley suggested Monday that George Sherrill and Chris Ray could share closing duties next season.
"I don't think there will be competition,'' Trembley said. "I think I'm going to be afforded the luxury of having two guys that have done it... I don't think it's inconceivable that we could somehow share that role." It's way too early to buy much into that comment, but it does show that the Orioles have faith in Chris Ray being healthy to start the season. He is coming off Tommy John surgery. We'd still consider Sherrill the frontrunner to take the job full time.


If Percival is not ready for Opening Day, the Rays would likely go with a bullpen-by-committee arrangement.
"If Percy's well, it's his job," said manager Joe Maddon.


I've read your conflicting reports but still think that Street is the favorite for saves in Colorado. With the uncertainty, I don't see how you can call it safe. If you're leery of a trade going down then you should list Street appropriately.

I haven't seen any information that would hint that Qualls isn't the guy in Arizona. Sure Rauch and Pena are both fine options but with as solid as Qualls was last year I don't see how Melvin doesn't hand him the ball in the 9th.

Marmol isn't going to be handed the job in Chicago as Piniella wants him to compete with Gregg in ST. Still safe IMO but maybe a "looking over his shoulder".

Ziegler should definitely be ahead of Casilla. Geren has said he might alternate between Devine and Ziegler depending on the game situation.
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby wkelly91 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:59 am

Great work...the thread I visit throughout the year often! ;-D
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Re: 2009 Closers Thread

Postby MasterX1918 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:27 pm

Samardzija=Destined for rotation :-B
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