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Postby pomplona's finest » Fri Dec 03, 2004 12:42 am

Well I noticed all of the other ranked position threads, so I figured we could use one for the closers. So, go ahead and rank the top 30... ;-D
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Postby legoshoe » Fri Dec 03, 2004 1:40 am

Are there even 30 'everyday' closers? and i mean the workhorses who get consistent chances :-?
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Postby Sox FANatic001 » Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:29 am

if ther are, then some are pretty bad. i'd thjink it would make more sense to go for 15-20. Even this many might be tough
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Postby Bloody Nipples » Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:46 am

pomplona's finest wrote:Well I noticed all of the other ranked position threads, so I figured we could use one for the closers. So, go ahead and rank the top 30... ;-D


Damnit! This is my job! :-D j/k

if there are, then some are pretty bad. i'd thjink it would make more sense to go for 15-20. Even this many might be tough


Well, there are 30 teams, so there should be 30 closers. We should rank the ones we dont know yet together, unless they quality of the pitchers is much different.

eg Ryan/Julio
Chacon/Fuentes
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Postby wkelly91 » Fri Dec 03, 2004 8:59 am

ANYONE HAVE A LINK TO PROJECTED CLOSERS?
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Postby flbtank » Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:04 am

Here's how I have them ranked...so far.

Rivera
Lidge
Gagne

Cordero
Isi
Nathan
Benitez
Smoltz ???
F-Rod
Foulke
Hoffman
Wagner

Dotel
Takatsu
Chad Cordero
Mesa
Kolb
Baez
Looper
Affeldt
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Postby LBJackal » Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:20 am

Dotel looks to be the closer sleeper of the year. And Kolb lower than Chad Cordero 8-o The mock drafts will be good to get an idea of these kinds of trends. Is Kolb still going unnoticed like that?
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Postby thomasps3 » Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:48 am

After watching Nathan clean up last year, how can you not have him in the top class? He is N-A-S-T-Y, and if he pitched in a major city, he's be securing huge endorsement deals right now instead of being listed in the 2nd class of closer. Also, if you ask anybody in NY if they would want Benitez as their closer, they'd have a different story to tell you. Here is my list:

Rivera
Gagne
Nathan
Lidge
Foulke
F-Rod - with a bullet!!!
Isringhausen
Cordero
Hoffman\
Wagner / Both these guys are huge injury risks!

Dotel
Baez
Percival - even with a bad hip, good for one more season
Chad Cordero
Affeldt
Mesa
Kolb
Graves
Looper
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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:41 am

wkelly91 wrote:ANYONE HAVE A LINK TO PROJECTED CLOSERS?


The last I saw was on RotoWorld, but he did it in August.

I'll add to the lists here that, with Benetiz gone, Mota is the likely closer in Florida. I'd say a mid-level closer on the Dotel level.

Right now, there are a lot of questions marks, which makes this a tough question to answer. Will Smoltz hit the rotation? Is Mota the man in Fla? Will the Cubs stick with Hawkins or Wash with Cordero? Is there anyone in Col or Ari? And that's just the NL.

I won't start making a list yet as I want to see how free agency pans out. If the Braves let Wright, Ortiz and Byrd go and Smoltz renegotiates his contract to remove the $100k/start provision, they'll be a question mark as well. Plus, if Detroit trades Urbina and Hermanson signs with a team having an opening, those are two more likely closers.
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Postby dleoboyd » Fri Dec 03, 2004 12:27 pm

Here is my top 25 list.....I have a list that goes a bit deeper, but it's based on my speculation, so I won't display that at this time.



Brad Lidge
Eric Gagne
Francisco Rodriguez
Mariano Rivera
Joe Nathan
Billy Wagner
Octavio Dotel
Keith Foulke
John Smoltz
Jason Isringhausen
Armando Benitez
Francisco Cordero
Trevor Hoffman
BJ Ryan
Ugueth Urbina
Guillermo Mota
Troy Percival
Branden Looper
Chad Cordero
Eddie Guardado
Danys Baez
Dan Kolb
Shingo Takatsu
Jose Mesa
Jeremy Affeldt
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