Re: Joe Posnanski with more data showing that closers simply don't matter
Really the thesis of the article isn't that closers don't matter. The author seems to argue that the best relief arms are misused by labeling them a closer because save situations often times aren't high leverage and the closer role could be filled by many options in those circumstances.
I think the author's true quibble is with the definition of a save.
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