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  Digg / Baseball
sports.espn.go.com — Baseball superstar Barry Bonds was charged Thursday with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he did not use performance-enhancing drugs.
Houston Astros Trade Struggling Closer Brad Lidge to the Phillies
As a result, some fans are stuck with DRMed footage that they purchased, but are unable to watch because their licenses can't be verified.
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 Why Mariano Rivera is the Greatest Closer in Baseball History - Associated Content
You can rank the closers in almost any way you'd like, and he is still going to be number one no matter.
Closers should not be given any slack for losing games, and deserve credit for winning them.
K to BB Ratio - a critical stat for a closer, who not only needs to keep runners off base, but also must have the ability to over-power hitters at critical times.
www.associatedcontent.com /article/151565/why_mariano_rivera_is_the_greatest.html   (581 words)

  Red Sox re-install Papelbon as closer - Baseball - MSNBC.com
But he was shut down with a month to go because of shoulder problems, and the Red Sox had planned to use him in the rotation to keep him on a more regular schedule.
The Red Sox needed a reliable closer because the 41-year-old Timlin has a strained side muscle and isn’t going to be ready to start the season.
Papelbon pitched almost exclusively as a starter in the minors, but worked out of the bullpen at Mississippi State and was selected as a closer in the fourth round of the 2003 amateur entry draft.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/17739924   (997 words)

  Sport Fanatics Fantasy Baseball - 2007 Team Closer Roles
Zumaya is the closer of the very near future, but another year of development would make him a better closer in the coming years.
Dan Wheeler is the closer as of week #2 of the season and probably will stay as the closer for the rest of the year.
He is the closer and needs to stay healthy as the rest of the relief group is not closer material.
www.sportfanatics.net /Fantasy/Baseball/2007_Team_Closer_Roles.htm   (2145 words)

  Baseball Closers | Relief Pitchers | Mariano Rivera | Facts | Records | Eric Gagne   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A closer in baseball should have both a dominating fastball and nerves of steel.
The job of a closer in baseball is to finish off games and shutdown late inning rallies when his team has the lead.
Closers will usually only pitch one or two innings but they are often required to pitch in pressure situations where the score is close and the tying run is on base.
www.kidzworld.com /article/5834-baseballs-top-relief-pitchers   (362 words)

  ESPN.com - Red Sox going with the closer-by-committee approach
It's a bullpen led by committee rather than achored by a single closer, and the Boston Red Sox are going to give it a try.
That was before baseball locked itself into a mentality that one pitcher -- and one pitcher only -- could safely be counted upon to record the final three outs of a game.
Baseball may not be as prone to immitation as, say, the NFL, but teams are quick to copy what works.
sports.espn.go.com /espn/print?id=1489225&type=columnist   (1166 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Closer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Baseball a relief pitcher who specializes in pitching to the final batters of a game if the pitcher's team has the lead.
Closers walk a thin line between failure and success: nerves of steel and a short memory are traits that enable relief specialists to endure stressful duty.
Closer economic relations between Australia and New Zealand: specialsiation, competitiveness, complementarity.
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Closer&StartAt=21   (649 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Baseball Moves Closer In D.C. Plan for Expos   (Site not responding. Last check: )
With baseball's self-imposed deadline and the District's legislative deadline both coming at the end of next week, officials on both sides were preparing for an announcement soon that the Expos, currently owned and operated by MLB, would begin play at RFK Stadium next April.
Once the city obtains a signed agreement from baseball stating that the owners have decided to send the Expos to D.C., Tuohey said, city officials are planning a public announcement at RFK Stadium sometime next week.
Baseball owners hope to sell the team for at least $300 million and they expect new potential buyers to emerge once the move to the District is approved, sources said.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A45234-2004Sep23?language=printer   (1416 words)

 Baseball Lingo at Baseball Tips.com
closer -- A team's relief pitcher who finishes the game.
Usually a pitch waist-high and over the heart of the plate.
Prepared by the Publishing Department of Major League Baseball Properties.
www.baseballtips.com /lingo.html   (725 words)

 Fantasy Baseball Closer Situations and Closing Pitchers
We not only tell you who the closers are, but we take a look at their health, stability, and who's likely to take over if they fail.
Click here to subcribe and see the closer situation for all baseball teams.
He'll likely enter next year as fantasy's #1 closer and should be in line for a huge multi-year deal from the Angels this offseason.
www.rotowire.com /baseball/closers.htm   (164 words)

 SN: Don't close out idea of Papelbon as closer - Baseball - MSNBC.com
Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon had a 0.92 ERA last season as a closer, but he will start this year to preserve his arm.
Someone who's not even on the club at this time, though the Nationals appear to be in no hurry to trade Chad Cordero and the Rangers can't deal Akinori Otsuka until they know Eric Gagne is back or close to being back.
As a closer, his shoulder could be tested three or four consecutive days, which would leave little time for conditioning.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/17260084   (741 words)

 Coyote Blog: The Baseball Closer Role is Nuts
The exception is that most teams have a "closer", typically their best relief pitcher who is reserved for pitching the last inning (thus the name "closer").
I asked before why the closer always pitched the 9th, rather than whichever inning of the last three that the toughest batters were expected.
While standard strategy dictates that closers will face more than their share of pinch hitting specialists, there's no evidence to suggest that they are more likley than any other pitchers to face the 'heart of the order' aka "the toughest hitters".
www.coyoteblog.com /coyote_blog/2005/10/the_baseball_cl.html   (1885 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports -- As easy (hard) as 1-2-3
In baseball, the guy on the high-wire nearly every night is the closer, most working without a net.
The closer, regardless of misplays by his defense, is ultimately responsible for shutting down the other team.
While the position of closer has become one of brute strength and strikeouts – Gagne, Bobby Jenks of the Chicago White Sox and Derrick Turnbow of the Milwaukee Brewers being prime examples – Llewelyn said the more important factor in the big picture is cerebral.
www.signonsandiego.com /sports/baseball/20060625-9999-1s25clozers.html   (2408 words)

 ESPN: Papelbon to close for Red Sox again next year... - Baseball Fever
He was great last season as the closer, but I believe Jon really was excited to start this season so I have mixed feelings about this move.
the sox closer situation was shaping up to be pathetic, but their overall bullpen situation has gotten more crap than it deserves.
given that, i think papelbon is plain worth more as a starter than a closer, not to mention that his chances of a long succesful career seem to be greater as a starter.
baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?p=851007#post851007   (2139 words)

Now, we all know that while predicting winners is acceptable and even encouraged, actually betting on baseball games is a bad thing, but almost any ten year old can tell you, when...
Starting pitchers are allowed to or are able to pitch only six or seven innings, after which managers bring in relief pitchers, most of whom provide relief only to the opposition.
Beginning with the 2006 season, baseball games will be shortened...
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 Minor League Baseball: News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
And the Texas closer figures if his predecessor can make the jump from college baseball to the Major Leagues after just a short stay in the Minor Leagues, well, then maybe he can to.
New York's closer Mariano Rivera will be 36 years old this November and, though he shows few signs of slowing down yet, the Bombers had an eye on the future when they tabbed Cox in the second round [63rd overall].
Cox, who was the closer on the USA Baseball National Team in 2004 and was presented with the first NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award this season, says New York doesn't intimidate him.
www.minorleaguebaseball.com /app/news/article.jsp?ymd=20050623&content_id=12461&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp   (1570 words)

 Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Lies, Damned Lies: To Close Or Not To Close
In fact, he is having one of the five greatest seasons by a modern-day closer in baseball history.
A typical closer has a leverage index of about 1.75, meaning that a run that he prevents has 1.75 times as much impact on the outcome of the game as a run prevented in the top of the first inning.
I recognize that this sets the replacement level bar a bit closer to league average than methods like VORP might assume, but considering my feelings on player valuation, this is somewhat intentional.
www.baseballprospectus.com /article.php?articleid=5471   (1109 words)

 Scouting Book: Closer Watch / MLB Projected Closers 2007
Baseball closer is not a position with much job security.
Baez provides solid insurance for a team that isn't likely to need many closers, anyway, which means that like Jorge Julio, he is an attractive option for a team looking for an experienced closer.
Update: TB The Rays' desire to manufacture a closer from an existing starter may mean they focus on converting Brian Stokes into a ninth-inning option, especially now that Seth McLung seems to have done everything possible to pitch himself out of contention with a disastrous spring.
www.scoutingbook.com /closers   (1419 words)

 OnMilwaukee.com Sports: Baseball's closer myth
Probably not, but he doesn't have to be: closers are probably the single most overrated commodity in baseball.
Today's closers are going to finish things out safely 80-85 percent of the time, regardless of who they are.
He is the poster boy for dominant closers, and much was made of his injury's likely effect on the Dodgers' early chances this season.
www.onmilwaukee.com /sports/articles/timg051705.html   (1139 words)

 Contract brings baseball stadium step closer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Baseball in Goodyear got another push forward today after the City Council approved a contract that taps Goodyear Baseball LLC to manage the design, development and construction of a new spring training stadium.
The company will prepare an infrastructure master plan for the area around the ballpark to ensure the development is cohesive with surrounding projects.
The Cleveland Indians baseball stadium will anchor a proposed 240-acre, mixed-used development that will include offices, shops, restaurants, lofts, a hotel and a conference center.
www.azcentral.com /news/articles/0308baseball08-ON.html   (544 words)

 Closer -- The Hardball Times
If you only want to use your closer at the top of the ninth inning, the score differential (one vs. two run lead, for example) is obviously key to getting the most value from him.
A closer is two-and-a-half times more likely to be brought into the ninth with a three-run lead (75% of the time) than with the score tied (30% of the time).
Instead of using closers in the most critical situations, managers use their closers in order to maximize their saves and not the team wins.
www.hardballtimes.com /main/article/closer   (1596 words)

 Scoresheet Baseball
Scoresheet Baseball is *not* like other simulations that use statistics from past seasons, or that will play their 2007 season after the 2007 major league season is over.
Instead, Scoresheet Baseball games are played each week of the upcoming major league season, using each player's stats from that current week.
Scoresheet Baseball is not a game like the newspaper pools or national contests, where every owner can have Albert Pujols on their team.
www.scoresheet.com /baseball/index.html   (691 words)

 Baseball moves closer, but is Portland ready?
Most baseball supporters and city leaders contacted this week said they’re waiting until the Oregon Senate votes on the measure before disclosing their next-phase plans.
But if Portlanders supported major league baseball in town, “we would certainly be ready to work through those challenges” if games are held at PGE Park, he said.
Baseball officials briefly discussed relocation last week, according to the Associated Press.
www.portlandtribune.com /archview.cgi?id=19803   (1547 words)

 Welcome to AJC! | ajc.com
I agree that it would be more fun in we didn’t have closers; however, baseball people aren’t dumb, and have evolved the game in order to win.
I hope so, because 2006 baseball and baseball players are just as good as ever, and maybe you should just go play 18 every day and leave baseball comments to the young Turks.
If closers are so irrelevant and their overuse is “bastardizing” the game, why is it so difficult to find a guy who can get the last three outs of the game?
www.ajc.com /blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/sportscolumns/entries/2006/08/24/cursing_the_bas.html   (4202 words)

 The Poor Man: As baseball moves closer
s baseball moves closer to a strike, millions are sports fans are left with a gaping hole in their entertainment schedule.
Baseball players: grown-up versions of cruel jocks who tortured Corey Haim in "Lucas" just because he was diiferent; Poor Man: grown-up version of devishly handsome Charlie Sheen figure who was nice to him, even though it was probably just so he could get into Kerri Green's pants.
Baseball tee-shirts cost up to $30; Poor Man t-shirts available for price of plain TJ Maxx undershirts and fl magic marker.
www.thepoorman.net /archives/001251.html   (308 words)

 Federal Baseball :: A Washington Nationals Blog
He said Loewen was "a baseball player," and yes, the italics were inflected into the praise.
What this vague commendation means, I cannot precisely say, as I am not a Baseball Man. Often, I try to analogize Baseballspeak to my profession but that won't work here; if someone is characterized as a "lawyer," I'm not certain that would be interpreted as praise.
Anyway, as far as Ryan Church is concerned, the implied charge has been that he's not a "baseball player." Church's performance this spring, prior to last night's outburst, was doing nothing to disabuse the notion.
www.federalbaseball.com /story/2007/3/23/75719/6831   (321 words)

 Closer can't reach closure? Other options . . .   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If you're dazed and your ears ringing from some of the closer performances of '96, we present a rundown of the current bullpen situations.
Lee Smith, demanding to be the closer, is playing hardball without a fastball.
Minnesota: Baseball's worst closer still employed as such, Dave Stevens, has somehow accumulated five saves while his ERA is at 6.48.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/sbbw0603.htm   (1103 words)

 Baseball Toaster: Mike's Baseball Rants : Closer, My God, To Thee   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Baseball Prospectus puts his season at only 0.6 adjusted runs prevented better than average.
This comes in an offseason in which a number of fellow closers signed lucrative contracts as well: Ugueth Urbina ($4.5 M from the Rangers), Antonio Alfonseca ($4M from Cubs), and Billy Koch ($10.625 M over two years from the White Sox).
Apparently whatever machinations are or are not behind the salary decisions being made this offseason, the closer role has remained sacrosanct.
mikesrants.baseballtoaster.com /archives/6712.html   (443 words)

 Boston Red Sox - On closer inspection - The Boston Globe
It was announced he needs arthroscopic surgery on the left knee, and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
According to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger, Foulke had declined a team request that he have arthroscopic surgery in the offseason.
Foulke made it exactly halfway through the season -- Monday's ninth-inning blowup, in which the closer allowed two runs in the ninth to the Rangers, marked the Sox' 81st game -- but no more.
www.boston.com /sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2005/07/07/on_closer_inspection   (657 words)

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