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Robin Ventura still hasn’t named the White Sox’s closer

Apr 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton AP

Now that the Royals have officially picked Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria‘s replacement nearly every team has named their closer, but one holdout is the guy with the least managing experience in the bunch (which is to say no managing experience).

Robin Ventura played coy with the media yesterday, refusing to disclose his closer while saying that the relievers “will know before the game” and “it’s not like I’m asking them to hit or catch, they’re just going to pitch … I think they’ll be fine.”

Pitching coach Don Cooper also told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that they definitely aren’t going with a closer-by-committee approach, saying: “There will be a set closer. Everything is going to be set. Bullpen positions will be set, and guys will know when they are pitching.”

In other words, they’re just keeping it a secret from the media and, by extension, the fans.

So who will actually wind up closing games early on? Matt Thornton, Addison Reed, Jesse Crain, and Hector Santiago are the options, with Thornton having the most ninth-inning experience and Reed having the most long-term upside in the role. Most reporters covering the team seem to think Thornton will start out with the gig, but Ventura’s secrecy about the whole thing might hint at one of the rookies getting the nod.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Considering the closer is the most beefed up position in sports, just pick a reliever that had a good Spring and deserves a chance. Especially on a team like this that is in no pressure to win this year.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Didn’t Batman tell Robin before he hired him that you need to name a closer?

  3. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    There’s a Nolan Ryan SOMEWHERE in this story.

    I have a feeling the fight references are already played out (not unlike “beer-and-chicken”gate), but I’m still going there.

    • cur68 - Apr 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      All right, since you asked for it: Someone get Ryan over there to beat the information out of Ventura, STAT.

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