Originally Posted by TSJ55
The "special rate" is that if it were as easy you make it out to be, there would be more like him. I highly doubt these "good relievers" don't close games simply because they prefer to get paid less and have less notoriety.
The Pittsburgh Pirates closers were within 2% of Rivera over the course of his career. Yeah, he was just one guy, but let's not pretend like the Pirates were running out elite relievers year in and year out and they were still almost identical in converting 9th inning leads into wins over a 15 year period of time.