Statistically speaking, I have always felt the closer position was the most overrated position in baseball. Correct me if I’m wrong but the average Major League pitcher will normally get out 70% of the batters they face. In the 9th inning, for every 5 batters a closer would face they technically can give up 2 hits and get 3 outs to earn the save. Is this really a tough job?
Combined with the fact the save rule says a closer can enter the game with their team having no more than a 3 run lead, the closer can give up 2 runs on those 2 hits and still gain a save with a one run lead intact as long as their team was leading by 3 runs when the closer entered the game. But more than likely those 2 hits in the inning will not result in more than 1 run.
So why not void out K-Rod’s contract and go with a closer by committee? Go with the hot hand every night (or at least a warm body), spread that $11.5 million around wisely or use it to eat up another contract, say a 2nd baseman’s or a lefty relief pitcher whose names I won’t mention.
But after this latest news of the injury K-Rod has suffered due to the altercation with his common law father in law, I tend to think this is a good time to clean up after a bad contract and move forward with the goal of cleaning house of all these bad contracts for 2011.