MILWAUKEE -- During his time with the Milwaukee Brewers, John Axford has had the chance to watch two of the more successful closers in baseball history.
When Axford first arrived in the big leagues, Trevor Hoffman was there to take him under his wing. With the exclusion of the first month of this season, Francisco Rodriguez has shared the back end of Milwaukee's bullpen with Axford since July of 2011.
Milwaukee sent Rodriguez to Baltimore on Tuesday in exchange for minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico, setting off a chain of emotions in the clubhouse where Rodriguez was respected by many.
"I'm definitely going to miss Frankie a lot," Axford said. "I don't think it's really a coincidence that since he's been on the team, I've thrown my best. He's helped me a lot this year, he's helped me a lot in the past. I'm definitely going to remember the last few years, especially the shutdown season we had in 2011 in that second half, and the ups and downs we had last year, but the support...