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The dominators: Great closer seasons

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Updated: August 6, 2008, 1:17 AM ET
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Every year, we're astounded by the stats put up by closers: Francisco Rodriguez is on a record pace for saves! Joakim Soria is holding opponents to a .147 batting average! Brad Lidge hasn't blown a save!

Thing is, there are several of these seasons every year -- they are no longer unique. As you can see from the chart below, there was a time when compiling an ERA under 2.00, at least 20 saves and a WHIP (walks plus hits allowed per inning) under 1.00 was a great accomplishment. But now ...

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