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No closer consensus

Postseason offers proof that save stat shouldn't determine pitcher

Updated: October 16, 2012, 1:28 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

For several years now, a cult of folks who analyze baseball and its myriad statistics have tried to convert the masses to its opinion regarding closers. In short, the cult contends that closers are both overrated and overpaid. Don't get fooled by the heavy-metal music and the eccentric personalities; the job -- getting the last three outs of a game in which your team has a one- to three-run lead -- is just not that big of a deal.

The argument was made on the field this season and ...

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