Q and A With Kenny Wilson

Kenny Wilson is an outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays. He weighs 185 pounds and he is 5′ 10. He was born on January 30th, 1990 in Tampa, Florida. He is currently playing in Low-A Ball for the Lansing Lugnuts. He is batting .232 with three home runs and twenty-one RBIs. He has a lot of speed with already 19 stolen bases this year. Though he is only in A ball, he will move up if he keeps up the good work. He took the time to answer some of my questions:

1.When did you start getting interested in baseball? When did start to be your priority?

I’ve been interested in baseball since I was 2 years old believe it or not. It’s been a priority of mine since I was about 12-13.

2. Who had the biggest influence on you in baseball?

My father. Even though he didn’t play baseball, he’s been a huge influence on me in life and baseball. Not to mention my fellow teammate, Kevin Pillar has helped me out a lot being a great teammate.

3. Who was your favorite player growing up and why?

Ken Griffey Jr because he played center-field and that’s what I play and he had all the five-tools.

4. You were drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. What was it like to here you were drafted?

 It the greatest day of my life because I couldn’t believe where my hard work had brought me. It was surreal and something I’ve always wanted my whole life.

5. What is your goal by the end of the season?

  I’d like to be playing for a championship somewhere! It doesn’t get any better than winning a championship!

6. What is the feeling like getting promoted to the next minor league level?

It feels great. It shows that your hard work is paying off.

7. What is a typical day in the off-season for you?

It is a lot of work. I wake up around 8:30 AM and I eat breakfast. From 9:30-11:30, I am doing baseball related activities and then I workout in the gym until about 4 o’clock. It is an extremely packed day!

8. Favorite movie?

Coming to America.

9. What is your most memorable moment in your baseball career so far?

Having my parents see me hit my first professional home run.

10. Finally, if you didn’t play baseball, what would you do for a living?

I really enjoy studying law enforcement, so maybe that would suit me but I am not sure.

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 You can follow him on Twitter @ItsKennyWilson.

 

 

Santana Throws First No-hitter in Mets History

Johan Santana, the ace of the New York Mets pitching staff has just threw a no-hitter against the Cardinals. It was the first no-hitter in Mets history. I took over 50 years for the Mets to do it, which is 8,019 games ! The final score was 8-0 Mets. David Freese came to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and he struck out to end the game. Then the Mets came storming out the dugout and jumped all over Santana while the crowd was electric.

It was not easy for Santana. It took him 134 pitches to do it which is a career-high. This is what he said after the game:

“Amazing. “Coming into the season, I was just hoping to come back. Be healthy….Finally, the first one.”It’s the greatest feeling ever.”

After giving up his 5th walk of the game with 2 outs in the eighth inning, Mets manager Terry Collins almost took him out of the game after throwing 118 pitches. Obviously, he stayed in the game and that was a good decision.

“Tonight,” Santana said of Collins, “He was not going to take me out of the game. No chance.”

The Mets have been around since 1962, but nobody has had a no-hitter until tonight.

Personally, I think Santana deserved the no-hitter because he worked so hard his whole life in baseball. Also, he had to sit-out all of 2011 with shoulder surgery and to comeback in this way is unbelievable.

 

Q and A With Trevor May

Trevor May is a starting pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He was born on September 23, 1989 in Kelso, Washington. He is 6′ 5″ and weighs 215 pounds. He is currently playing in his seventh season. Right now, he is playing for the Reading Phillies in Double-A. He is doing decent with a 4.28 ERA and he is 5-2 in 10 games started this year. He will keep going up the minor leagues. He got to Double-A this year after a stellar year in High-A going 10-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 27 games started. He took the time to do a Q and A for my blog. Here it is:

1. At what age did you get interested in baseball? At what age did become serious for you?

I became interested in baseball at 5 years old. It was mostly because I wanted to try EVERY sport at that time as I was a very competitive kid. Baseball became my favorite sport at Freshman year in high school, and I began working very hard at it then.
2. Who had a biggest influence on you in baseball?
 
My dad was my biggest baseball influence. He used to catch in the bullpen down at the park during the summer and on weekends, and afterwards, we would grab a ice cream from Dairy Queen or a soda for the convenience store. He always used to say,that practice goes a long way.
 
3. Who was your favorite player growing and why?
 
Was and still is Nolan Ryan. There has been no one more dominant.
 
4. You were drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th round of the the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. Where were you when you got drafted and what was the moment like when you heard you were drafted?
 
 I was at home with my family and friends watching on TV. It was a pretty cool thing to see your name announced and realized that your dreams are one step closer to coming true. It was all very exciting.
 
5. This is your 7th major league season. Do you have any goals by the end of the year?
 
 My biggest one is to be much better than I was coming into spring training. This means throwing quality strikes, honoring my pitches, and learning how to get hitters out at the highest level.
 
6. What is the feeling like getting promoted to the next minor league level?
 
Its kind of like finally achieving what you had worked so hard to do at the level you were at. Its a great feeling.
 
7. What is your favorite TV show?
 
At the moment, Game of Thrones.
 
8. What is your favorite movie?
 
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
 
9. What is a typical day for you in the off-season?
 
Off-days are for music. I spend the majority of my time on the computer; either finding and downloading new music, or attempting to produce my own.
 
10.  When was the first time someone wanted your autograph? What was the oddest thing you have ever signed?
 
In high school oddly enough! I have signed a Phillies License plate before, that was unexpected!
 
11. What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career so far?
 
Winning my second championship in Lakewood. It was crazy! I will never forget it.
 
12. If you didn’t play baseball, what would you do for a living?
 
I would be finishing up my senior year of college getting a degree in finance and marketing, and I would probably attempt to become an entrepreneur.
 
13. Finally, what advice would you give to kids that are just starting out the dream of playing professional baseball one day?
 
Do all of the extra things that your coaches tell you to do, and work hard. Love the game, and it will love you back.
 
 
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Follow Trevor @trevmay54.
 

 

Q and A With Trystan Magnuson

Trystan Magnuson is a relief pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He is born on June 6, 1985 in Vancouver, Canada. He weighs 220 lbs and he is 6′ 7″. He was recently traded to the Jays last year from the Oakland Athletics. He made his major league debut last year for the Athletics and had a 6.14 ERA in a mere 14.2 innings pitched. Before getting called up, he played for the Sacramento River Cats in AAA and he was 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 45 innings pitched. He is rehabbing from an injury so he is in High-A this year with the Dunedin Blue Jays. He is 0-4 with a 5.25 ERA. He will keep going up the minor leagues once he is 100% healed from his injury.  He took the time to do a Q and A for my blog. Here it is:

1. At what age did you get interested in baseball? At what age did it become serious for you?

I always enjoyed playing baseball. When I was young, my family lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada. We played hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer.  My dad always loved baseball.  We listened to the Blue Jays on the radio and really enjoyed watching them win the 1992-1993 World Series.  When we moved to Louisville, I was in middle school.  There is not much ice hockey in Louisville, but they did have fall baseball, which we thought was great.

2. Who had the biggest influence on you in baseball?

My dad has had the biggest influence on my baseball career.  A close second is my brother.  Even now we enjoy talking baseball and the things I am working on. Every once in a while, I talk to my dad on the phone and we talk about how to improve my pitches.

3. Who was your favorite player growing and why?

My favorite player growing up was John Olerud.  That guy was an incredible hitter.  He never got intimidated or influenced by what was going on around him.  Steady as a rock.  When I decided to really focus on pitching I really paid a lot of attention to Nolan Ryan, naturally.

4. You were drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (56th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft. Where were you when you got drafted and what was the moment like when you heard you were drafted?

I knew from all of the scouts and the interest, that my advisor was saying that there were many teams really interested in drafting me.  To get drafted by the Blue Jays was a dream.  I grew up watching them in Winnipeg.  To hear that they had drafted me with the 56th pick made me wonder if it could all be real. I was thrilled.

5. This is your 6th big league season. Do you have any goals by the end of the year?

I was injured at the end of the last year and I’m still coming back from that.  I am really close.  That is my goal, to be 100% healthy by the end of the year and make myself valuable to this organization whether it be in the big leagues or elsewhere this year.  I want to do my job and do it well.

6. What is the feeling like getting promoted to the next minor league level?

I remember thinking, as I was struggling in Low-A my first year, it’s going to be tough to get promoted to High-A.  I thought AA was out of the question.  So, when I got promoted to AA at the end of 2009 I was thinking, “Yeah! I made it!”

7. What did it feel like when you got traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays?

My experience with Oakland was a very positive one.  I made some great adjustments that allowed me to have some good outings and experience in the big leagues.  Getting traded back was nice because I know the Blue Jays know what they are getting and that they want me. It’s nice to know that they value me.

8. What is your favorite movie?

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

9. What is your favorite TV show?

Star Trek, the Original Series.

10. What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career so far?

Some of the most memorable times for me have been conversations with fans who ask me for my autograph.  I ask them how they are doing and if they are enjoying the day or ballpark.  One of the most important times to me is when I have someone come up to me that I have signed for before and they tell me how much they appreciated the time I spent with them and the things I signed.  Every year I sign a different verse of the bible with my autograph, that way anyone can tell what year I signed the card or ball.  This year I am signing Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.’”

11. Finally, what advice would you give to kids that are just starting out the dream of playing professional baseball one day?

I would tell them to have fun, work hard, and enjoy every minute of it.  It’s really important for every kid to know that baseball is about having fun.  I would tell them that if they don’t make it to a certain level or on a certain team, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t any less valuable or important than anyone else.  Talent doesn’t define significance.  The important thing is to be significant wherever God has placed you.  Even God himself took the role of a servant and washed his disciples feet.Image


Photo courtesy of the Canadian Baseball Network

Follow him on Twitter @TrystanMagnuson

Red Sox Or Yankees? Part 2

A few days ago, I talked about the negatives and positives of the Boston Red Sox. Today, I will talk about the positives and negatives of the New York Yankees and I will compare the two teams. Here I go:

New York Yankees:

Positives:

Derek Jeter has been on a tear this year. He has a slash line of .339/.379/.471 and an OPS of .850 this year. He is in late stages of his career and having an year like this for him is showing signs that he will keep going at age 37.

Raul Ibanez is showing surprising power with 9 home runs. That is almost halfway to what he hit last year with 20 homers and we are only one fourth through the season. Like Jeter, his power is showing signs he will keep going.

Curtis Granderson is showing that last years power surge is no fluke. He already has 14 blasts and and is on pace for 50 blasts. I am not saying he will hit 50 but he probably will hit pretty close to that.

Negatives:

The starting rotation is doing pretty bad this year. here are the starting five:

CC Sabathia is doing okay this year. He has a 3.78 ERA and he is 5-2. For an ace on the Yankees, he needs to be better.

Hiroki Kuroda is worse. He has a 4.56 ERA and he is 3-6. One problem is keeping the ball in the ballpark. He already gave up 10 homers.

Phil Hughes is EVEN worse. He has a 4.94 ERA and he is 4-5. He also has trouble keeping the ball in park as he already gave up 11 homers so far.

Andy Pettitte has been a nice surprise for the Yanks. He has a 2.53 ERA and he is 2-1 in 3 starts. If he continues to play like this, the Yanks will have at least one positive from their rotation.

Injuries. One of the reasons they have struggled in their rotation is because they lost Micheal Pineda who had an amazing year with the Mariners last year. He will be out for the season. Probably their biggest loss, Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while shagging fly balls a month ago. He will be gone for the season, but plans to come back for the 2013 season. His replacement, David Robertson had an oblique strain a few weeks ago and will be back in the beginning of June and left fielder, Brett Gardner also will be back in early June.

Mark Teixeira has been struggling this year. Mark Teixeira is only hitting .231 and he has just 6 home runs. He wont return to the .292 hitter he was in 2009, but he should be much better than what he is now.

The two teams have the biggest payrolls in baseball which shows money is not the key to winning and they are last in the AL East . But, we are still early in the season and both teams can comeback. Once both teams injured players comeback, they probably will be fine. Image

Red Sox Or Yankees?

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are 4th and 5th in the AL East standings. They have both struggled in different spots this year and it will be exciting to see what happens to them this year. I will break down each team’s positives and negatives. Today I will do the Red Sox and on the weekend, I will do the Yankees.

Boston Red Sox:

Positives:

Josh Beckett has struggled mightily to what was expected, but he is starting to get it back based on his last two starts. In his last start, he cruised  against the Phillies, firing 7.2 innings to get the win. His ERA is now down to 3.43.

The Red Sox are starting to increase their slugging PCT. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Aviles both hit bombs on Sunday and today the bench starting doing the long ball. Scott Podsednik , Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach all homered in today’s win against the Orioles.

Will Middlebrooks has dominated ever since his call-up to the big leagues. He is hitting .294 with 5 homers and 17 RBIs in 81 trips to the batters box. He is a big reason the Sox have done well in the recently.

Stability in the closer role. Alfredo Aceves had a few blown saves to start the year, but he has been solid otherwise with seven straight saves. The bullpen in general has been solid in May, following up April’s 6.10 ERA with a 1.64 ERA.

Negatives:

Injuries. They almost lost their whole outfield this year. Carl Crawford has been out since the start of the year and Jacoby Ellsbury has been out for about a month. They are both bound to come back near the All Star Break. They also lost outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Darnell McDonald who are both supposed to come back in early June. They lost closer Andrew Bailey who is supposed to be back around the All Star Break also.

Starting Rotation. Their rotation has been a disaster to start the year. Like I said, Josh Beckett is coming back. But, Clay Buchholz has been terrible with a 7.84 ERA. Daniel Bard, is not good either with a 4.69 ERA. But the other two, Jon Lester and Felix Doubront have been  decent with ERAs in the mid 3s to the the late 3s. But, as of late, everyone is improving.

Adrian Gonzalez is under-achieving based on his predictions at the start of the year. He is batting line is just .269/.333/.406  with just 3 homers. Last year he batted .338/.410/.548.

That is the end of the negatives and positives for the Red Sox. Tomorrow ,I will do the negatives and positives for the Yankees and compare the two teams together. Stay tuned and please comment and rate my post.

Q and A with Ian Kadish

Ian Kadish is a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He weighs 200 pounds and he is six feet tall. Last year was his fist big league season. He played for the Bluefield Blue Jays in the Appalachian League at level Rookie. He was 2-3 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.154 WHIP. This year he is supposed to get a promotion to Short-Season A to play with the Vancouver Canadians. He took his time to do a Q and A for my blog and he sent me a signed ball. Here it is:

1. At what age did you start getting interested in baseball?

I have played baseball ever since I can remember.  I think I started playing baseball at the age of 5, but when I really started to get interested in it and take it more seriously was the summer going into 7th grade.

2.  Who had the biggest influence on you in baseball?

The people who had the biggest influence on me in baseball is obviously my parents.  They have supported me through thick and thin and have been by on my side no matter what.  They never pushed baseball on me which I think was a big thing because I still love the game today just as much as I did when I was 12.

3. Who was your favorite player growing up and why?

My favorite player growing up was Pedro Martinez.  My family were huge Red Sox fans because my father is from Boston and his family still lives up there.  I was drawn toward Pedro because of how he pitched.  I liked his attitude and how he acted on the mound going right after hitters with a bulldog mentality.  His size also was a big factor because we are the same size.

4. This is your second year of professional baseball. Do you have any goals by the end of the year?
Going into the year, everybody has goals, but I try to focus on team goals rather than individual goals.  I feel that if
team goals are accomplished, the individual goals will follow.  So my goal is to win a ring.
5. What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV Show is Swamp People.  I’m a huge fan! I haven’t missed an episode yet! I also love watching them “Choot Gadas”!
6. What is your favorite food?
  My favorite food….Ice Cream! I know I shouldn’t be eating too much of it, but it’s my weakness!  Graters Ice Cream in Cincinnati is the absolute best!
7. What is a typical day for you in the off-season?
A typical day for me in the off season is extremely busy and baseball oriented.  I wake up at 8 a.m. every morning, eat breakfast, then get ready to head to the gym.  I am at the gym at 10 a.m; everyday training for the upcoming season and getting my body into top physical condition. I grab a quick bite to eat. Then, I train for about 3 hours. After that, I throw and work on the mechanical part of baseball.  I do long toss, drills, or whatever else I feel like I need to work on.  I would usually take about 2-3 hours on this as well.  I would get done with everything around 4:30 p.m. everyday and I would go home in time to have dinner with my family.  Then I would wake up the next morning and do it all over again!
8. When was the first time someone wanted your autograph? What was the oddest thing you have ever signed?
The first time somebody wanted my autograph was when I was playing In the Northwoods League after my Junior season of college.  I think the weirdest thing I’ve signed is a glove…I don’t know why somebody would want my signature on a perfectly new glove!
9. What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career thus far?  
The most memorable moment in my baseball career so far has to be my first professional win.  We won in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off home run and everybody went crazy.  It was really an awesome moment.
10. If you didn’t play baseball, what would you do for a living?
 If I wasn’t playing baseball, I would be in Grad School for Exercise Science.  I love how the body works and I love to work out.  The strength coach at Marshall had a huge impact on me and he will forever be one of my role models.  I think something along those lines would be so much fun and it would be the best job, next to being a big leaguer.
11. Finally, what advice would you give to kids that are just starting out the dream of playing professional baseball one day?
The best advice I can give is to chase your dream to the fullest extent.  Do not give up and never let somebody tell you you can’t do it. I am still chasing my childhood dream after many people said I couldn’t play because I am too small.  Use it as motivation to push yourself on the field, in the gym and in life. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!

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Morrow Is A Big Bright Spot For The Blue Jays

Brandon Morrow, the Blue Jays #2 starter, should be the ace right now for the Jays. He already has two shutouts, (both of them 3 hit shutouts), and he is 5-2 with a mere 2.63 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He had a shutout today against the Mets and this is what Blue Jays manager John Farrell said about him:

“He’s obviously pitching with a lot of confidence. This has been a two-plus year progression for him. From converting him from a reliever to a full-time starter. Getting through 2010 from a physical standpoint. Last year, understanding what makes him most effective… You’re seeing all the package come together.”

The key for Morrow today against the Mets was first pitch strikes. He threw to the first six batters to start the game and he had terrific command with the four-seam fastball all game long. He struck out eight batters; his fifth consecutive start with at least seven punchouts.

When he got traded from Seattle, he was mainly a reliever, but the Blue Jays put him in the rotation right away. That move is really paying off. Also, His walk rate went down by a lot.

If he keeps up his stellar pitching, he will have a shot at the Cy Young Award.

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The Closer Article, Part 2

Washington Nationals:

The Nationals were supposed to start the year with Drew Storen as their closer, but, he opened the season on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. Henry Rodriguez took his place and he is doing a decent job saving 8 of 11 opportunities.

Baltimore Orioles:

The Orioles closer is the same one they had at the start of the year, Jim Johnson. He is doing amazing as he saved all 11 of his opportunities with an 0.57 ERA.

San Diego Padres:

The Padres closer is currently on the 15 day disabled list. Dale Thayer took his place and he is 3 for 3 in save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA!

Philadelphia Phillies:

The Phillies acquired Jonathan Paplebon in the off-season to be their closer. He is doing well as he saved all his 10 save opportunities with a 2.57 ERA.

Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Pirates closer stayed the same with Joel Hanrahan. He is doing well as he saved 6 of 7 save opportunities.

Texas Rangers:

The Rangers acquired Joe Nathan in the off-season to close for them. He is doing well saving 7 of 8 save opportunities

Tampa Bay Rays:

The Rays acquired Fernando Rodney in the off-season to close and he is doing amazing. He is 10 for 10 in save opportunities and he has an 0.54 ERA!

Boston Red Sox:

The Sox acquired Andrew Bailey from the Athletics to close after they lost Jonathan Paplebon, but Bailey went on the DL and the Red Sox current closer is Alfredo Aceves. He is 7 for 9 in save opportunities with a 6.14 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds:

The Reds closer was supposed to be Ryan Madson, but he underwent Tommy John Surgery. So, Seam Marshall replaced him and he is 6 for 7 in save opportunities with a 4.15 ERA .

Colorado Rockies:

The Rockies closer is the same as always, Rafael Betancourt. He has a 2.08 ERA saving 6 of 7 save opportunities.

Kansas City Royals:

The Royals closer was supposed to be Joakim Soria, but he had to undergo Tommy John Surgery. So, Jonathan Broxton took over the closer role. He is 7 for 8 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA.

Detroit Tigers:

The Tigers closer is the same as always, Jose Valverde. After a perfect 2011 in save opportunities, he saved 7 of 9 opportunities with a 4.60 ERA.

Minnesota Twins:

The Twins closer is as always, Matt Capps. He is 7 for 6 in save opportunities with a 3.46 ERA.

Chicago White Sox:

The White Sox closer is Hector Santiago. He has a 5.25 ERA and he is 4 for 6 in save opportunities.

New York Yankees:

After Mariano Rivera tore his ACL, David Robertson took over. He currently has saved 1 of 2 opportunities.

That is the end of my closer article. Please rate and comment.

The Closer Article, Part 1

There has been a lot of changes to the closer role so far this year and I will update you on each team’s closer and why he is their closer .

Los Angeles Angels:

At the start of the year, the closer role belonged to Jordan Walden. Because of his struggles,he lost the job to Scott Downs. Right now, Downs is doing a great job.

Houston Astros:

The Astros closer is same one as they had at the start of the year, Brett Myers. He is doing a great job at closer role with 9 saves and an 0.77 ERA.

Oakland Athletics:

Like the Astros, the Athletics have the same closer they had at the start of the year, Grant Balfour. He is doing a decent job as he saved 7 of 9 opportunities.

Toronto Blue Jays:

The Blue Jays closer at the start of the year was Sergio Santos.He is currently on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Francisco Cordero was scheduled to have the job until Santos comebacks, but Cordero did not do well as he blew 3 of 5 save opportunities. So the closer role ended up going to Casy Janssen. He had 2 save oppirtunities and saved 1. He will be the Jays closer until Santos comes back which will be in about 2 weeks.

Atlanta Braves:

The Braves closer is obviously Craig Kimbrel who is doing a great job with 11 saves in 12 opportunities with a 2.77 ERA.

Milwaukee Brewers:

The Brewers closer is John Axford who will leave the team because his wife Nicole had just gone into labor with the couple’s second child. He left a note before he left.

St. Louis Cardinals:

The Cardinals closer is the same one they had since the end of last season, Jason Motte. He is doing well with a 1.98 ERA and saved 9 of 13 chances.

Chicago Cubs:

The Cubs, Carlos Marmol lost his job as the closer for the Cubs earlier this season and now he is on the DL. Rafael Dolis is the Cubs current closer and he has done a decent job closing 3 of 5 opportunities.

Arizona Diamondbacks:

The d-Backs closer is as always,J.J. Putz. He has not done a great job with a ballooned 9.00 ERA and closing 6 of 8 opportunities.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Dodgers closer to start the year was Javy Guerra who saved 8 of 11 opportunities. His job got turned over to Kenley Jansen who saved 2 of 3 opportunities and has a 2.55 ERA.

San Francisco Giants:

The Giants closer was supposed to be Brian Wilson, but he had to undergo Tommy John Surgery. So Santiago Casilla took over the closer role and he is doing a great job with a 1.50 ERA and saved 6 of 7 opportunities.

Cleveland Indians:

The Indians closer is Chris Perez who started the year with the Indians as their closer. He id doing well with a 3.95 ERA and saved 11 of 12 opportunities.

Seattle Mariners:

The closer for the Mariners has never changed since the start of the year, Brandon League. He is doing well with a 2.25 ERA and saved 8 of 10 opportunities.

Miami Marlins:

The closer for the Marlins is currently Heath Bell. He hasn’t done well because he has a 9.28 ERA and is just 3 for 7 in save opportunities. He recently lost the job to Steve Cishek, but the first time  he went out to close a game, he blew a save. So, the Marlins decided to go back to Bell and he is the Fish’s current closer.

New York Mets:

The Mets current closer is the same one they had since the start of the year, Frank Francisco. He is not doing so well with a 6.59 ERA and saved 8 of 10 opportunities.

I did the first 15 teams today and tomorrow I will finish off the remaining teams in the Closer Article.

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