DETROIT Tigers manager Jim Leyland is going to talk about his rookie closer, Bruce Rondon, and his need to turn the page so often in the months ahead that Leyland will either lead to a revival in reading or of an old Bob Seger song.
You remember Turn the Page by Ann Arbors Rockin Robert Seger, right?
Well, anyway, Rondon, 22, is getting a shot at replacing Jose Valverde, who collapsed in the 2012 playoffs after saving 110 games over three seasons with Detroit.
Im going to spend a lot of time with him, Leyland said. He dont know that yet. I have to find out if he is he callused enough to do this or to turn the page.
Turning the page after a blown save was something Valverde, who has 277 career saves and remains unsigned on the free agent market, did exceedingly well until the very end. He has been a very good but not great closer, saving 83 percent of the games entered in save situations.
I never once saw Valverde floored about losing a save after a game until 2012, and he sail...