Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Good piece today by Bryan Hoch.  It's about that closing role... and Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. It goes like this:

"Both relievers said on Monday that there is no particular urgency to iron out the eighth- and ninth-inning assignments...

'I didn't know what I was going to do last year. I'm ready just to help the team win,' Betances said. 'We have a couple weeks left and I'm just trying to do whatever I can to better myself, to put myself in a good position to do the best I can right off the start.' ...

Miller, who signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Yankees after excelling last year with the Red Sox and Orioles, has said that the topic of closing did not come up in his negotiations as a free agent. He arrived in camp ready to do whatever the Yanks asked.

'I've never had a role before,' Miller said. 'I never got called into [Red Sox manager] John Farrell's office and told I was the seventh-inning lefty specialist or I was the setup guy or anything. I think neither of us have been in a situation where we've been an anointed closer before, so it's not like we can say that's a comfort zone for us.'"

Look, both are stand up guys. Both have great attitudes.  If it was me making the decisions, I leave Betances where he is, have him grow in that 8th inning and then hand the ball over to the lefty Miller and have him shut them down, but that's me.  I just figure the Yanks paid the guy closer type money... it just made sense to me, but hey... if they don't care, I don't care. They both just want to get the job done... do do what works!

Good piece Bryan Hoch.  Well done Gentlemen.

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