Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
I completely disagree with that notion, because as I've said, I've seen it first hand in St. Louis during the Ryan Franklin/random other closer years. Granted, Ryan Franklin wasn't a good reliever however they tried guys like Mitchell Boggs and other pitchers there. Mitchell Boggs was one of the best setup guys last year in baseball but put him in the closing role, he folds like a cheap suit.
I also do not think coming into the 8th inning is the same sort of high pressure leverage as coming into the 9th. The mentality of such is completely different. A famous manager that's hated here once said "These are men, not machines". Yes they're professional athletes but every professional athlete has a different mental make up.