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Baker eyes closer by committee ... and hates it

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08:14 AM ET 03.27 | So, Dusty, who's it going to be? Reds manager Dusty Baker has been getting a lot inquiries about who's going to close since Ryan Madson got hurt. "I've been hearing that question from all my friends, my family," Baker said. "People in restaurants. We're going to work it. ... We've got to talk to the guys. You just don't throw somebody into the role. Your closer ideally can go three or four days in a row. ... So it might have to be that famous by committee, which I hate. Hopefully, someone will emerge. You hate to have to go through it until someone fails and then you have to go to someone else. That's the thing you don't want to get into."

Cincinnati Enquirer

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March 27, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Make Chapman the closer.

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March 27, 2012  09:55 AM ET

When Chapman closes he cuts loose. When he cuts loose he gets wild. When he gets wild he ends up at Charlie Sheen's house. We don't want him at Charlie Sheen's house.

March 27, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When Chapman closes he cuts loose. When he cuts loose he gets wild. When he gets wild he ends up at Charlie Sheen's house. We don't want him at Charlie Sheen's house.

Sign Wild Thing then...

March 27, 2012  10:36 AM ET

Another sub-.500 season?!?!

March 27, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I like to choke myself while in the act of self-gratification.

Fixed

March 27, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Make Chapman the closer.

You have to be able to throw strikes to close.

March 27, 2012  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You have to be able to throw strikes to close.

They may nave no other alternative.

March 27, 2012  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When Chapman closes he cuts loose. When he cuts loose he gets wild. When he gets wild he ends up at Charlie Sheen's house. We don't want him at Charlie Sheen's house.

LOL..good one..

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March 27, 2012  11:38 AM ET

they'll work it out.....got a few good arms in the minors maybe time to give them a shot.

March 27, 2012  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You have to be able to throw strikes to close.

Really?


Make Chapman the closer.

March 27, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

When Chapman closes he cuts loose. When he cuts loose he gets wild. When he gets wild he ends up at Charlie Sheen's house. We don't want him at Charlie Sheen's house.

Good call...once you're at Chollie's place it's a whole other world.

March 27, 2012  01:52 PM ET

Nothing wrong with starting out with Closer by Committee...

The Cards did it last year and look where they got.

The ChiSox & Mets (post F-Rod trade) tried it too - didn't work out as well

March 27, 2012  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Nothing wrong with starting out with Closer by Committee...The Cards did it last year and look where they got.The ChiSox & Mets (post F-Rod trade) tried it too - didn't work out as well

The worst closer by committee fiasco was in Boston in 2003. They had to trade for Byung-Hung Kim to settle the bullpen. That is pure desperation.

March 27, 2012  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The worst closer by committee fiasco was in Boston in 2003. They had to trade for Byung-Hung Kim to settle the bullpen. That is pure desperation.

And if memory serves me correctly, the league had quickly begun to figure out Mr. Hung Kim.

March 27, 2012  02:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Nothing wrong with starting out with Closer by Committee...The Cards did it last year and look where they got.The ChiSox & Mets (post F-Rod trade) tried it too - didn't work out as well

Yeah, and St. Louis also had 26 blown saves (2nd worst in the MLB) last year. I wouldn't call that a success.

March 27, 2012  05:13 PM ET

Sean Marshall was a Top 5 reliever in the Majors last year. He's your closer.
Put Chapman in the MLB or AAA rotation and get the highest possible return on your 30 million dollar investment, as well as the most value out of one of the best arms on Earth.

March 27, 2012  08:38 PM ET

The Reds' last series was closer-by-committee, Dust... '90, remember? Dibble? Myers? Marshall can do it by himself, anyway. For people who don't follow the Reds closely, you have to understand this: Dusty is a nice hip guy who keeps a loose clubhouse and the players seem to love him and that counts for a few wins a year, right there, BUT HE IS **** AND COSTS THE TEAM 15 LOSSES RIGHT THERE!!!!!!!!!! If Chapman is not made a starter, the Reds have totally blown $65m, he'll leave free agent and be an ace for an AL pennant winner. There is no way the Reds shouldn't win the Central by five games... until you factor in the Dust-mite...

 
March 27, 2012  08:39 PM ET

Huh. I didn't know r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d was taboo...

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