History can be a fickle way to judge a career. Between moments of regression and progression, struggle and stability that occur from one season to the next, expectations in sports constantly evolve.
Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney is living proof. Its no surprise to him, but the veteran is experiencing how hazardous life on the mound can be, especially in the ninth inning, when tension is strongest.
He finds himself compared to a historic standard one created after his 0.60 ERA, 48-save effort in 2012. The 36-year-olds second Rays season has been less kind, however, highlighted by the fact that he has three blown saves (eight saves) in 17 appearances this young campaign, after failing to convert just two save chances last season.
Yes, something is different with Rodney. Its predictable that some doubt has entered the conversation when discussing him in recent weeks, whereas shooting the moon after he dispatched batters to clinch a Tampa Bay victory appeared to be the inev...