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On Relievers, Saves, and Closers

Responding to a recent post, Examining Reliever Ballots, reader and friend of the site, Gerry, asked about a particular line. I wrote that closer was a role created to support a statistic, and Gerry disagreed. 928 more words


Compilers Are Great, Part VI

This next group has a very inconsistent vibe to it. Four are 19th century stars, while another also played more than a century ago. There’s also a great starting pitcher who’s considered a great closer, a Hall of Famer, a guy on the current ballot, and a deserving player who’s just about never considered as such. 1,838 more words


Flashback Part 2): The Wrecking of the 1978 Indians

Note: This is part two of a three-part piece. Here’s part 1 and part 3.

The arbitrator’s ruling blew a hole in the Indians’ plans for 1978. 1,715 more words


Flashback (Part 3): "There But For The Grace Of God..."

Note: You are about to read part three. To read what has come before, try part 1 and part 2.

Sane people have a saying: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. 2,422 more words


Garnatxa Blanca and Terra Alta

Grenache Blanc has never been a favorite of mine. I’ve always found it a little flabby, slightly oily and lacking in the acid department. There is a special place in this universe however, called Terra Alta, Catalunya, where Garnatxa Blanca changes shape (is more fun to spell), and becomes a mineral, salty, slightly voluptuous little vixen that makes you understand why wine is a thing of place, and why we can thank our lucky stars somebody put it there. 319 more words


Modern closer 'evolved' as Oakland's Eckersley (2000)

The modern closer’s role can be traced directly back to Oakland, circa 1987. Then-A’s pitching coach Dave Duncan would love to say he had some grand plan for its creation, opening the door for 50-save seasons. 499 more words