Did You Know….

In 1990, Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley had 48 saves and allowed only 45 base runners.

*factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – If more of today’s top relief pitchers were able to perform at this level, I would certainly value the role of the ‘closer’ quite a bit more.  Until then, I will say that the relievers of the 1980’s were better than the group in today’s game.  And I would go further to say that in baseball in the 2000’s it is much more valuable to have a solid middle reliever than a solid closer on your team.

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