Earlier this morning on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, one of the current broadcasters (and former Major Leaguer) Dirk Hayhurst pleaded his case about one of the more successful Blue Jays bullpen hurlers: Casey Janssen.
It’s no secret, especially to those who follow the Jays, that Hayhurst has always spoken his mind and does not have any problem with stirring the pot over players who he regards as expendable or calling people out on something they’ve done or said.
As much as I respect him for having the wits to say or write the things that he does… Sorry Dirk. You’re wrong about Casey.
In this particular argument, Hayhurst chose to use historical statistics (specifically, the Save), the role of the closer, and personal opinion which doesn’t really carry much weight. He may be right that yes, the Save only came along in 1969 and really only exists to give late-game pitchers a stat to put beside their name, and that a “closer” is just a title for a 9th inning guy. He goes on to say that Ca...