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[FONT=Cambria]He’s sabermetrically inclined -- he loves breaking down the game to its numbers --and he’s also someone who thinks a lot about how players react emotionally. I asked him how he likes being a closer, and he gave a great answer. He said that, on the one hand, he believes that the best relievers should be used in highest-leverage situations, whatever inning that happens to be. If the bases are loaded in the sixth, that might be the most important batter of the game, and the best reliever should be out there.
[FONT=Cambria]On the other hand, he has come to find that there’s something about the closer that teammates respond to.
[FONT=Cambria]“I’ve come to see what it’s like to be in that role,” he says. “You really give everybody confidence-- the coaching staff, the players, the guys in the bullpen - if they know that if you can get a lead in the ninth inning, you will win the game. It does a lot for the guys. Last year, I was in the seventh inning, eighth inning, getting out of jams, and that was really exciting and that’s obviously really important. But the, if you aren’t in the game, if you aren’t on the team, you don’t see what closers mean to teammates. You do need to get outs in the seventh and eighth. But you need to get them in the ninth too.”[/FONT]
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