Re: Joe Posnanski with more data showing that closers simply don't matter
BTW...I think many managers in baseball realize the 1 inning closer is not the best usage of their bullpen, but the financial aspects of the game require players to be used that way for morale reasons. The best pitcher in your bullpen will become unhappy if he is not racking up saves so he can get a better contract. So managers are forced to use players this way to keep them happy.
The closer role is often more of a reward for being good, not an actual benefit to the team.