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Carlos Marmol has lost his job

May 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

Darn. Mere hours after I started a push to get closer implosions called “Marmols,” the new stat’s namesake loses his job.  David Kaplan of reports:

I guess they go with, who, Rafael Dolis?  That’s kind of scary given his low strikeout rate, but I’m not sure that they have any better options.

  1. Ben - May 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Oh good. I was actually about to request you just tell us when Marmol doesn’t melt down, rather than going about it like yesterday’s meltdown article. This makes it much easier though!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      The easiest way to tell when Marmol is having a meltdown is by checking to see if he is on a pitching mound. If so, he is probably having a meltdown.

      • cintiphil - May 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        No, it is the billy goat.

      • Old Gator - May 5, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        Lose it? Carlos didn’t lose it. It’s not like, “Whoops! Where’d my job go?” He QUIT. Someone pass the asparagus, please.

  2. diehardcubbiefan4life - May 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I’ve been saying this since after 2010…TRADE HIM. That slider movement is’t going to stay with that herky jerky delivery and he’s never had control. And by the way, he blew 5 saves that year too, which is OK but not great for a closer, but he got payed like he was and elite closer. Wasted money…Jim Hendry still haunts us.

    • vansloot - May 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      To whom, though? I suppose the Twins could take him, they love crappy closers (just ask Matt Capps).

      • diehardcubbiefan4life - May 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Well, you gotta remember, after 2010, he was known as a pretty much solid lockdown closer, and the Rangers WERE interested in him as a setup man remember?

      • Alex K - May 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Marmol throws the ball over 87 MPH. Not a fit for the Twins.

      • wlschneider09 - May 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM


  3. heyblueyoustink - May 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    He’s been given a new job: shagging balls.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      In an Austin Powers kinda way? (too soon for Mo jokes)

      • heyblueyoustink - May 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Fat bastard’s henchman? Hmmmmm, very well possible!

  4. atworkident - May 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Kevin Gregg is available.

  5. Jonny 5 - May 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    You’re slow to react Craig, we’ve been saying our closer got Marmoled when they imploded from week 2 of the season in our CBS fantasy league. You may recognize the Logo.

    • The Rabbit - May 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      See Jonny, in addition to being entertaining, our league is ahead of the curve.
      Craig, the guys have been asking if I were sending you our weekly newsletter.
      From week 2 edition, new season vocabulary: Marmoled-(verb) To snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
      We are still watching to see if “Pujoled (verb)-(1) a foul out to an infielder; (2) a 5-3 or 6-3” will be added to the dictionary.

      • Jonny 5 - May 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        I’m thinking a 5-3 or 6-3 will prevail if “hitting a whole bunch of home runs” doesn’t happen this season.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        Hahaha! “Pujoled.” Well played Rabbit.

  6. bowens3181 - May 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    While I still love both trades in terms of their long term value, I bet Theo is regretting trading Cashner and Marshall right about now.

    • chiadam - May 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Why? Cashner brought them Rizzo, who’s hitting, like, .600 in AAA. And Marshall was a loss, but the team in rebuilding. They’re not sorta rebuilding like they’ve done for 100 years. They’re tearing it down to the foundation.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Trade him to Tampa. They take trainwrecks and make them good again (see Farnsworth; Rodney)

  8. hoopmatch - May 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Don’t the Yankees have a closer opening?

  9. charlutes - May 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Craig I need your NBC insider info on something: WTF is happening to 30 rock? Its been a live show for 2 weeks and its so much worse. I assume as the premiere baseball blogger on NBC Sports talk you have final decisions on 30 Rock, so can you tell Tina Fey to go back to pre-taped shows? As is the show comes off as a 22 minute gag sketch on reality TV. which way too closely resembles reality TV.

    I have faith in u Craig, get it done. that show was so funny.

  10. charlutes - May 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Sorry the latest show wasn’t live, but was terrible.

    Sigh? Have I offended you somehow? is there anything to add to the marmol story that I am missing?

  11. racksie - May 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    They’re encouraging him to shag batting practice. A lot.

  12. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    There’s no clear cut closer replacement for Marmol, but it would be difficult to do worse.

  13. chiadam - May 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Why is this article asking questions that the manager has already answered? Dolis and Russell will share the job based on the situation.

  14. metalhead65 - May 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    anybody who walks a guy as worthless as willie harris desrves to lose his job. how do you walk a guy batting.088? crusty baker went out of his way to give the game to the cubs before it started with the lineup he put out there and marmol blew it! as a reds fan I will take a win but they sure did not deserve it.

  15. jkaflagg - May 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Watched Dolis ” close” today, and it was white-knuckle all the way; he was fortunate to be facing the bottom of the Dodger batting order……

  16. cintiphil - May 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    You can get a new manager, a new owner and most of a whole new team. But, this is the CUBS! The billy goat curse remains. This time I agree with the meatball. The Cubs gave the game to the Reds, but I am sure they are happy to take it. Can’t let the cards get too far out in front.

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