ST. LOUIS - New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has no problem doing what former skipper Tony La Russa refrained from.
Yes, Jason Motte is indeed the closer.
"Jason has certainly positioned himself as we head into Spring Training as the closer," Matheny said.
Tell that to Motte and he'll joke back with, "Watch your mouth."
The mini-controversy was a source of jokes for media members and fans down the stretch last year as Motte continued to close out games and La Russa continued to refuse from calling him the closer.
But whether or not La Russa wanted to call Motte the closer didn't matter. The stats proved otherwise. Motte saved nine games on the year, eight of which came in September as he solidified his spot heading into the playoffs.
Motte had five saves in the playoffs and was on the mound for the final out of both the National League Championship Series and World Series.
"It didn't matter to me what they called me," Motte said. "I just wanted to go out there and if I wa...