Found March 06, 2013 on
The closing situation for the Detroit Tigers has become an absolute mess in the span of just one week. Rewind 7 days ago and Bruce Rondon was basically still the guy. Today, things are clouded. How cloudy you ask? So dense that even Carlos Marmol’s name has popped up in trade rumors.
My fingers could barely type that. If Carlos Marmol is acquired by the Tigers then I think we’ll all be forced to resign our fan cards. What you don’t do to solve a problem is simply pay more for the exact same problem.
After you’ve had a few minutes to recover from the shakes after reading that rollercoaster of a list, consider that Marmol is probably an even worse offender than any of those three. He is the very definition of wild. He was so bad at times last year that he got removed from the gig while playing for the Cubs – the very same Cubs who had the 2nd worst record in baseball in 2012.
So let’s assume for the sake of pure sanity that Marm...
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Thus far, contrary to what Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski might say, the Bruce Rondon experiment at closer hasn’t gone as well as expected. In fact, the gamble has looked like a complete and unnecessary debacle, capable of doing more harm than intended in several ways if it should continue.
Early in spring training, Rondon, the young fireball pitcher who was given the keys to...
Despite some early season struggles, and some people ready to push the panic button, it's still a good bet that Bruce Rondon will end up being the Tigers' closer to start the season, and we give you three key reasons why.
By MARIO IMPEMBAFOX Sports Detroit
LAKELAND, Fla. -- We knew there was a chance it could happen, and it has. Detroit Tigers potential rookie closer Bruce Rondon has come out of the gates very slowly this spring. The overwhelming storyline for a team destined for a storybook season continues to center around the closer.
Rondon threw a side session under the scrutiny of pitching...
If rumors are to be believed, and really why wouldn't we believe them, the Detroit Tigers are getting some seriously cold feet about rookie reliever Bruce Rondon serving as their closer in 2013. As a result, CBS Sports is reporting that the Tigers have begun scouring the market for a more proven option to assume the closer role. That's a pretty untenable position for a contender...
Max Scherzer’s first spring start went off without a hitch. The same cannot be said for Bruce Rondon’s latest relief appearance. Rondon, who may be coughing away his shot at the Detroit Tigers’ closer role, served up a pair of runs in his one inning of work during a 6-1 loss to Atlanta.
Rondon coughed up a solo home run to Tyler Pastornicky, then allowed an RBI double — just...
Jim Leyland spoke frankly about potential Detroit Tigers closer Bruce Rondon during Monday’s Fox Sports Detroit broadcast, saying that Rondon needs to develop more control and to harness another pitch.
Not surprisingly, given those words and Rondon’s continued struggles this spring, the Tigers reportedly are on the hunt for a closer. That’s according to CBSSports’ insider...
The Tigers’ questions at the closer spot in the bullpen obviously has been an issue for the team since last season. Those questions though seem to be becoming even more magnified given the struggles of rookie reliever Bruce Rondon. So magnified in fact that CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler believes the Tigers may not have much of a choice but to trade for a closer this spring.
After Jose Valverde’s postseason implosion, the Detroit Tigers looked to move on and hoped young rookie, Bruce Rondon, would run away with the closer’s gig in Spring Training. Much like a young Craig Kimbrel, Rondon has great stuff needing only to harness his control. Unfortunately, he has been unable to find the reigns and has five walks in just 3.2 spring innings. He’s also...
Over much of the offseason, a lot was said about the Detroit Tigers heading into 2013 with Bruce Rondon slated to close. Rondon, 22, has a big fastball, and is a quality prospect. But it turns out there’s more to pitching than throwing really hard, and Rondon has limited experience in the upper minors and a demonstrated inability to throw strikes consistently, especially against...
Well that didn’t last too long. The whole Bruce Rondon is the man plan fell apart quickly; the closer by committee plan seems like a long shot as well. It looks like the plan now is to go out and trade for a veteran arm to be the ninth inning fireman. Of course the number [...]