Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/12/12
Can he surprise again? No one expected to be having a conversation about Brandon League as the closer a year ago.  In fact, the Mariners expected to have their veteran closer David Aardsma return to his role after a surgery on his hip during the offseason. Looking to have a temporary replacement for the number one entry in the baseball encyclopedia, the Seattle Mariners management brought in former Indian Chris Ray (who was favored by manager Eric Wedge) lost the role to Brandon League. There was a lot of uncertainty about  League’s selection as closer, but as the season went on, the Hawaiian native began to show real competence for getting the Mariners through high pressure situations. Brandon League is not the typical high spirited aggressive closer.  In fact, he often pitches like he is half asleep, oblivious to the game situation.  But it works. Can Brandon League continue his successful 2011 campaign? League finished the 2011 season with 37 saves which was third highest in the American
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