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Why Mariano Rivera, Brian Wilson and Other MLB Closers Are Irrelevant

Major League Baseball season to this point has demonstrated a very significant point about the modern game that no one seems to be getting: The role of closer doesn't matter.

This whole thing really began during the free-agent frenzy, when teams all over the MLB were tossing money at available closers. At the time, I observed that spending big bucks on a position that is statistically irrelevant is a waste of resources.

Then, in early April, Brian Wilson's season came to an abrupt end due to an elbow injury, and Giants nation was thrown into turmoil wondering how the team would manage without its beloved stopper. Once again, I observed that it wouldn't matter to San Francisco's chances, and it turns out I was right.

When Wilson went on ...

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