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May 20 2009

Seven Closers We Need Back in Major League Baseball

Published by at 3:20 am under MLB,Sports


Being a closer in Major League Baseball sure as hell ain’t what it used to be.  Nowadays some guys get 10 figure deals in the offseason and are valued way too highly.  Plus, and I could be wrong here, I feel like saves are a joke these days and back in the 70′s, 80′s and even early 90′s a closer really “closed” a game.  You got a one run lead, a tough lineup coming up, and you really need to earn it.

Now you got a three run lead and it’s automatically time to put in the closer.   Guy gives up two runs and still earns the save? It’s just boring and pathetic if you ask me.  Plus, where’s the flare in our guys today?  I mean where’s the excitement on the mound?

Is Julian Tavarez the only psycho reliever left out there?  And he’s not even a closer.  Eh whatever.  Point is, I just miss some of these guys.

Here are seven closers we need back in MLB

Mitch Williams


The true “wild thing” of baseball, Williams was a crazy man.  He is perhaps best known for a blown save after giving up a walk-off home run to Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth game of the 1993 World Series, which gave Toronto their second consecutive World Championship.  I think he’s best known for being insane and nearly falling off the mound after every pitch.  We need guys like that back in the league.

Rod Beck


Unfortnately Beck passed away at the age of 38 but do we ever see closers with hair and mustaches like Beck nowadays?  Not a chance.

Dennis Eckersley


You can’t mess with the Eck.  Handsom and devilish, this guy was one of the greatest closers of all time.   Plus, he’s another hair specialist.  Guy almost looks like Gallagher.

Rob Dibble


A promising young pitcher with a blazing fastball that often exceeded 99 MPH, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 1983 amateur draft, and made his debut with the Reds on June 29, 1988.  But that’s not really important.  What’s important were the temper tantrums.  After one game, he threw a baseball into the outfield seats at Cincinnati and struck a lady.  We just don’t get enough of those these days.

Dan Quisenberry


If only because he was the true sidearm specialist.  Also that red mustache was amazing.  Plus, didn’t Quis just look like some 50′s beerdrinking type?  The only one who looks like that now is CC Sabathia.   We need more pudge in our closers.

Goose Gossage


Come on.  We could all use a little Goose.

John Rocker


Another insane guy.  We just need insanity in our closers.  Can’t we just get that please?

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