PAINTING THE BLACK: "Closing Time Coming Early in Some Camps"
To say clubs put an extreme emphasis on outs 25, 26 and 27 of a ballgame is an understatement. By the same token, those outs aren't any different, in theory, than 1, 2 and 3 of the first inning. You don't have to be some crazy man, firing fastballs with your hair on fire. You also don't have to go through any crazy rituals found in the movie "Major League" with Jobu at your side.
The ninth inning is predicated on a few keys: throw strike one, "slow" the game down with runners on base, and always get the third out with your team up by at least one run. Sounds easy right? Teams with established, "lock down" closers enjoy the luxury of "shortening" the game to eight innings. However, spring training in 2014 will feature a few teams holding closing battles to find their ninth inning man. Here's a breakdown of six clubs looking for a new stopper:
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