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Sutter earned his saves

Bruce Sutter was the best closer of his era, he was one of the best of all time and he belongs in the Hall of Fame, writes Tim Kurkjian.

Updated: December 28, 2005, 1:23 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The reason Whitey Herzog once called Ryne Sandberg the best player he had ever seen wasn't just because Sandberg had hit two home runs in one game, including a game winner in extra innings to beat the Cardinals, but because he hit those homers off Bruce Sutter.

Sutter was that good, he was that unhittable, he was that revered. No one had ever done to Sutter what Sandberg did that day, a day that Sandberg acknowledged was the biggest of his career, the day that the baseball community ...

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