You know, we spend so much time pissing and moaning about which bullpens are a nightmare and which closers are kicking us in the fantasy groin with each blown save, that we fail to appreciate some of the joys, warmth and security that real quality closers bring us. We’re always lamenting over some clown losing his job or some idiotic manager ruining fantasy values with committee situations that those who actually go out there and do their job properly are often overlooked and in many cases, taken for granted. So for today, I shed the angry, obnoxious, sometime a-hole-ish attitude and I become a champion of the under-appreciated. Today I sing the praises of those who have made their fantasy owners look like geniuses with their top-quality ninth-inning performances and for those who are still sifting through the disasters such as the Astros bullpen, well perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned here.

Francisco Rodriguez, MIL – If you’re going to start a Closer Appreciation Day, then...

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