Found February 12, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Updated by Joe D. According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, after telling reporters that Frank Francisco has been shut down due to inflammation in his right elbow, Mets manager Terry Collins told Puma that “he wants Bobby Parnell to take over as the team’s closer.” “We keep talking about 2014 … why not get a head start?” Collins said. “I’m not panicking, but you’ve got to get somebody ready, and Bobby to me is that guy.” Adam Rubin of ESPN New York quotes pitching coach Dan Warthen, who says: “His last 11 outings, he didn’t give up anything. I thought his maturity changed. I thought he and [Jon] Niese both had breakout years last year. And I think he’s there. I think he’s ready to close.” Not surprising news, but big news nonetheless. The Mets developing their own homegrown closer? This is unheard of, somebody pinch me! I would love to see Parnell grab this opportunity and run with it. I want to see him succeed and earn a big, huge paycheck next season as a top shelf closer –
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