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Closer: Major League Players Reveal the Inside Pitch on Saving the Game

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The closer is the ace reliever who specializes in closing out the game without surrendering the lead. Facing a power hitter in the ninth inning with a man on base and no outs takes nerves of steel. The pressure on the mound is intense. It takes a special breed to hold it together in these situations. Legendary manager Tony LaRusso said “Sure, games can get away from you in the seventh and eighth, but those last three outs in the ninth are the toughest.”

It wasnt until the creation of “the save,” the successful maintenance of a lead by a relief pitcher, in 1960 that the position of closer began to rise in prominence. Today, closers are seen as some of the most intense athletes in all of sports.

Neary and Tobin explore the unique personalities of major leagues most prominent relief pitchers from Bruce Sutter (Cubs, Cardinals, and Braves) to Mariano Rivera (Yankees). Closer is an insiders look into the role of the closing pitcher, how the position has evolved, and how legends—Trevor Hoffman, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, John Smoltz, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Mariano Rivera, Brian Fuentes, and many more—coped with the stress on the mound such as when facing the .340 batter in the bottom of the ninth with only a one run lead.

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Major leagues most prominent relief pitchers, their role as closer, and how they cope with stress on the mound.

About the Author

Kevin Neary has been a fan of the game his entire life. He worked with the Philadelphia Phillies for nine years. For the past twenty years he has worked for The Walt Disney Company, where he has written five books, The Ultimate Disney Trivia Books I, II, III, IV and The Walt Disney World Challenge Book and has participated in over 500 radio, television, and print interviews both domestically and internationally.

Leigh A. Tobin worked for the Philadelphia Phillies for more than 20 years in PR as the writer for the clubs publications and later as the Director of Media Relations. She has relationships with a great number of major league players, team officials, and sports media.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762446797
Author:
Neary, Kevin
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Author:
Lidge, Brad
Author:
Tobin, Leigh
Author:
Smith, Lee
Author:
Tobin, Leigh A.
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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