Originally written July 19, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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MILWAUKEE -- In the two games after John Axford was removed as the Brewers' closer, replacement Francisco Rodriguez converted saves both times against St. Louis. That does not mean that "K-Rod" will be the closer the rest of the year, however. In fact, general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke made it clear that they hope to get Axford back closing games as soon as possible. After all, he did convert 46 of 48 saves in 2011, including a franchise-record 43 in a row to end the season. "The reason you turn (the closer's role) over is because of the impatience of people – the media, the fans, everybody else," said Melvin. "He's still got the best arm on the club." The Brewers have turned over the closer's job often since 2000, with no reliever holding the job for two full seasons. Axford pitched in that role since May 2010 but last year was his only full season as the Brewers' closer. "You can say the same thing f...
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