Originally written on Redleg Nation  |  Last updated 1/10/12
In a sport where the slog of a 162 game season invites endless scrutiny, narratives are like Starbucks stores—they’re on every corner of the blogosphere.  The current raging narrative within Redleg Nation is that the Reds bullpen needs an overhaul.  So, bear with me as I, a simple member of the huddled masses, one of the 99%, pitch my tent and offer another viewpoint. Let’s begin with the easy stuff. The Reds shouldn’t waste money on a closer.  Closers are overrated.  Closers are overpaid.  Closers are the guys who finish the ninth most of the time.  That’s it.  Period.  The majority of the time, they’re not putting out four alarm fires.  We pay them as if they do, but the reality is that more often than not, they’re simply standing on the mound at the end of the game.  There are lots of guys out there who can do that who aren’t named Mariano Rivera.  The Reds have guys who can do that.  Oh, yes they do.  And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have the mental makeup
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