Re: Joe Posnanski with more data showing that closers simply don't matter
Originally Posted by dougdirt
Except teams didn't even use "closers" before the 80's really. Yet the rates were exactly the same.
Wasn't overall pitching better before the 80's though? I don't know if it's fair to compare the winning percentage of teams from the 60's in one run leads when that was arguably the best decade of pitching in the history of baseball. It's unknown is if there weren't closers, the stats would be close to the same. I personally feel comfortable with a flame thrower with a known role pitching the 9th.
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