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Robin Ventura finally names a closer and it’s Addison Reed

May 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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For months Robin Ventura has played coy about the White Sox’s closer role, refusing to give anyone that title, but yesterday he finally relented and made official what has been obvious: The job belongs to rookie Addison Reed.

“He’s earned that,” Ventura told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago. “I feel comfortable with him in there. That’s who we’d be using if we’re winning. I don’t think he care. I just think he just wants the ball and pitches.”

Reed was the seemingly obvious choice to replace Sergio Santos at closer the whole time, but for whatever reason Ventura decided to go with fellow rookie Hector Santiago early on despite little in his track record suggesting he could thrive in the role.

On the other hand Reed has done nothing but dominate since the White Sox drafted him in the third round two years ago, storming through the minors and then beginning his big-league career with a 29/8 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. And if things go according to plan for the White Sox, Reed, and Ventura the first-year manager might not have to name another closer until he’s a 10th-year manager.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Part of me finds it funny that the Sox have a closer named Addison. I feel like the Cubs should nickname Dolis “35th.”

  2. riverace19 - May 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    The Honey Badger of the South Side. Addison Reed don’t care.

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