Originally Posted by MikeThierry
This debate falls into the "Wins are overrated" category for me. Obviously wins don't tell the whole story but they are still important. I think teams overpay for closers and it can be an overrated position at times. That said, I still believe though that only certain people can do it. It takes a certain mentality to close. As someone said here earlier, not all innings are created equal. A strong minded (if you want to call it that) might have better results than someone who can't handle pressure. Having a person who can handle heavy pressure might only yield winning results on par with what was that of the 1960's in one run games, but it might be a better situation than putting a normal reliever in. I've seen from personal experience that a in-flux closing situation can hurt your team on an aggregate towards the end of the season.
I am more of the belief that it takes a certain kind of person to be UNABLE to close, assuming they are actually a good pitcher. In my mind, 9 out of 10 good relievers could close just as well as current closers. It is that one guy that can't handle the pressure. These guys are professional athletes. They are always dealing with pressure. You think coming in during the 8th inning with runners on isn't a lot of pressure? Of course it is. If they can handle that, they can handle coming in to start the 9th inning.