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Dusty Baker finally makes it official: Sean Marshall is the Reds’ closer

Apr 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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For whatever reason manager Dusty Baker was hesitant to name Sean Marshall the Reds’ new closer after Ryan Madson went down, saying: “You just don’t throw somebody in that role.”

Marshall made it very clear that he wanted the job and his excellent performance during the past two seasons made it equally clear that he deserves the opportunity, and yesterday Baker finally relented.

Marshall, who’s been one of the elite setup men in baseball, will take over ninth-inning duties and Aroldis Chapman will be a setup man after plans for his potential move to the rotation were scrapped yesterday.

By this time next year there’s a good chance Marshall will be referred to as a “proven closer.”

  1. scapistron - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    But he only has 7 saves in his career. He is not a proven closer and should not have received the job.

    • donttouchdownmethere - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      By your logic, please enlighten me as to whom on the red’s 40 man ative roster is better suited for the closer’s role:

      Arredondo: 3 seasons / 0 saves
      Bray: 5 Seasons / 3 saves
      Chapman: 2 seasons / 1 save
      LeCure: 2 seasons / 0 saves
      Masset: 4 seasons / 4 saves
      Ondrusek: 2 seasons / 0 saves
      Simon: 4 seasons / 17 saves (just picked him up off of the wire today, dosen’t even have his own number yet)
      Smith: 2 seasons / 0 saves

  2. watchfullhose - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    When do you give a good reliever the job?

  3. metalhead65 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    that will last until dusty can’t resist and uses him 4 straight days and his arm falls off and he ends up on the dl.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Did anyone see the stat’s someone posted on the other article about Dusty’s use (grossly overuse) of pitchers while in Chicago? Assuming the numbers are correct…it is really kind of astonishing.
    I mean…for all of Metalheads…kick the dirt…woe is me…Dusty this and Dusty that posts…he is dead on. Make no mistake…Dusty has always been widely known as someone who wreaks havoc on a pitching staff but wow. I am going to look for the dudes post and re-post if I can find it.

  5. johnnyb1976 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Would everyone get off of Dustys Jock about . Mark Prior and Kerry Wood that was YEARS ago. He has done a great job of holding pitchers back and making sure they dont have the problems those guys had… Oh Steve Bartman told me he wanted his season tickets back.

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