Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/8/13
This time it’s really over. Former closer — make that former superb closer — Jose Valverde has been released by the Tigers. With no coming back this time. Not even to Toledo where Valverde was 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games while waiting for another call from the Tigers that never came. “We tried and he tried” manager Jim Leyland said. “It just didn’t work. But we’ll always have great memories of him. He did a terrific job for us.” Especially in his 49-for-49 season two years ago. “It was just one of those freak years that doesn’t come around very often” Leyland said. “I don’t know what his plans are but we certainly wish him the best. He was a terrific closer a great fun-loving guy and a terrific teammate. “You couldn’t ask for a better teammate.” The problem however was that you could ask for a better closer this season after Valverde returned to the Tigers. In 20 appearances the right-hander had nine saves and a 5.59 ERA. In his last eight games however he imploded. Between May 31 and June 19 Valverde 35 had a 13.50 ERA and allowed six home runs in 71⁄3innings That signaled the unofficial end of his career as a Tiger. Wednesday’s announcement was the official end.
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