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The Long Game: The Closer Carousel

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.


The Long Game: The Closer Carrousel

"Run, runner!" - unnamed player in the opposition dugout during Jim Johnson's latest blown save

In the far-flung future of 2014, baseball has become a statistical paradise for the elite closer of which the likes of Sandy Lyle and Rawley Eastwick could never have dreamed. We may not all be wearing fancy colored jumpsuits, sadly, but our lives are ruled by a small candy-crushing device in the palms of our hands, while saves and strikeouts cascade down by the bushel for the chosen few. Ah, but paradise has a cost. All too soon closers are summoned to Carrousel, a dizzying, terrifying spectacle from which many fail to return to glory. Already this season, the list of closers called to Carrousel is a long one: Aroldis Chapman. Casey Janssen. Jim Henderson. Nate Jones. Bobby Parnell. David Robertson. It's a list that will grow longer over the next six months.

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