Re: ESPN Power Rankings: Nationals, Reds 1-2
Broxton added a cutter late last season which reportedly was part of what made him so effective down the stretch, in addition to being more completely recovered from his surgery.
I have a lot of confidence in Broxton as closer. The point about 'fear factor' brought up by Mike is valid though. We've all experienced it to some degree against other teams. A guy like Eckersley or Rivera make you believe it over when they come into the game, where as a guy like Graves or Cordero or even some of the guys the Cards have run out over the last few seasons haven't inspired the same 'fear'. Broxton isn't the guy who inspires that fear like he did in his early seasons, but he has the chance to get there with a good year.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98