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October 01, 2012

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TOM VERDUCCI ON...

The Closer

Remember in early April when several closers were hit with injuries and people wondered how their teams could possibly carry on without them? Well, the 2012 season is proof that the closer position is overrated. Look at the 10 best teams in baseball. Only three of them have the same closer they had when they reported to spring training. You can't replace aces or All-Star shortstops, but the closer is a position in which you can carry on with replacements just fine.... Read more of Verducci's Three Strikes atSI.com

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONPHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY TREVOR LAZARUS; FRED VUICH (MCILROY); DARREN CARROLL (WOODS) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (RUBIN) PHOTOFRED KAPLAN (WILLIAMS) PHOTO THREE ILLUSTRATIONS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)