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Postby Guest » Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:27 pm

I don't know if this has been talked about yet, (I'm sure it has) but I wanted to know the situation for every team. Some are obvious, some are closer by commitee, some might not know at all. I was looking for people to update and correct this list. Thanks.

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Mets - Benitez
Braves - Smoltz
Marlins - Nunez/Looper?
Expos - Stewart?
Phillies - Mesa
Cubs - Remlinger?
Reds - Williamson
Astros - Wagner
Brewers - Dejean (Leskanic?)
Pirates - Williams
Cadinals - Isringhausen
Diamondbacks - Mantei
Rockies - Jimenez
Dodgers - Gagne
Padres - Villafuerte (For Hoffman)
Giants - Nen

AL

Yankees - Rivera
Redsox - ???
Orioles - Julio
Devil Rays - ???
Blu Jays - Escobar
White Sox - ???
Indians - ???
Tigers - ???
Royals - ???
Twins - Guardado
Angels - Percival
Athletics - Foulke
Mariners - Sasaki
Rangers - Ugueth

These are who I think will be the closers. If you know any of the ??? please feel free to edit. If I am wrong in any case please correct my inputs. Thanks all. I hope this list will help/assist a great many of you.
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Postby AntLive » Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:29 pm

That was me above. It took so long I got logged out! :-o !+) Thanks again.
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Postby doc watson » Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:37 pm

Tigers- M.Anderson/German
White Sox - Koch
Cubs - My understanding is its Alfonseca's to loose
Red Sox - committee for now but popular opinion sees Embree as the guy most likely to emerge from the group
Indians - Baez
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Postby davegod2 » Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:39 pm

As far as I know, these will be the closers for the following teams:

CHW - Billy Koch
Marlins - Looper
Boston - Embree
Cubs - Alfonseca
Expos - Stewart
Indians - Baez
Tigers - Anderson
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
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Postby dinocam » Mon Mar 10, 2003 2:10 pm

Padres- could be Villafuerte, could also be Witasik, or Jones (they're rumored to be trying to acquire him from Colorado).
Red Sox - Looks like Embree heads the committee that also includes Mendoza, Fox, Timlin and Howry.
Royals - All signs point to MacDougal..also could be Bailey or Grimsley.
Otherwise all the updates so far seem to be right on.
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Re: Closers for all teams.....

Postby AntLive » Mon Mar 10, 2003 6:26 pm

Anonymous wrote:I don't know if this has been talked about yet, (I'm sure it has) but I wanted to know the situation for every team. Some are obvious, some are closer by commitee, some might not know at all. I was looking for people to update and correct this list. Thanks.

NL

Mets - Benitez
Braves - Smoltz
Marlins - Looper?
Expos - Stewart?
Phillies - Mesa
Cubs - Alfonseca?
Reds - Williamson
Astros - Wagner
Brewers - Dejean (Leskanic?)
Pirates - Williams
Cadinals - Isringhausen
Diamondbacks - Mantei
Rockies - Jimenez
Dodgers - Gagne
Padres - Villafuerte (For Hoffman)
Giants - Nen

AL

Yankees - Rivera
Redsox - Embree
Orioles - Julio
Devil Rays - ???
Blu Jays - Escobar
White Sox - Koch
Indians - Baez
Tigers - Anderson
Royals - MacDougal?
Twins - Guardado
Angels - Percival
Athletics - Foulke
Mariners - Sasaki
Rangers - Ugueth

These are who I think will be the closers. If you know any of the ??? please feel free to edit. If I am wrong in any case please correct my inputs. Thanks all. I hope this list will help/assist a great many of you.


So the only one left are the Devil Rays. Anyone knows what's the deal there? What are Lou's plans?
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Postby EugeneStyles » Mon Mar 10, 2003 8:40 pm

I doubt the Devil Rays will even be close in enough games to have a designated closer. :-t

Heh, okay, okay, the number of wins a team gets is not necessarily related to the number of save opportunities, but I don't think anybody should be picking a pitcher from Tampa just on principle. Maybe next year they will have matured enough to be respectable, but not this year.

Oh, and I'd keep a '?' by Embree. He's probably the front-runner at this point, but the Sox are planning on "bullpen by committee", which means he's not a lock to get more than 15-20 saves, or even more than 15-20 SVO's.

Oh, and I think I'm gonna sticky this topic, since it comes up every so often, and it's very useful now that drafts are happening left and right.

(edit: well, I couldn't figure out how to sticky a thread, but I created a new one and copy/pasted the relevant info, and left a link to this original thread)
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Postby TheRock » Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:45 pm

I had heard Witasick was the favorite in SD, seems they're using both in spring training games. We need to watch this.
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Postby Y's Guy » Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:51 pm

I hear that Sweet Lou has a call in to Rob Dibble's answering service. Watch this situation!
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Postby AntLive » Tue Mar 11, 2003 2:18 pm

EugeneStyles wrote:I doubt the Devil Rays will even be close in enough games to have a designated closer. :-t

Heh, okay, okay, the number of wins a team gets is not necessarily related to the number of save opportunities, but I don't think anybody should be picking a pitcher from Tampa just on principle. Maybe next year they will have matured enough to be respectable, but not this year.

Oh, and I'd keep a '?' by Embree. He's probably the front-runner at this point, but the Sox are planning on "bullpen by committee", which means he's not a lock to get more than 15-20 saves, or even more than 15-20 SVO's.

Oh, and I think I'm gonna sticky this topic, since it comes up every so often, and it's very useful now that drafts are happening left and right.

(edit: well, I couldn't figure out how to sticky a thread, but I created a new one and copy/pasted the relevant info, and left a link to this original thread)


Nice idea. I think it will be a very useful tool troughout the year. Especially is any closers get hurt, falter or get traded.
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