JUPITER, Fla. Other than Team USAs disappointing second-round elimination, Steve Cishek took away nothing but positives from the World Baseball Classic.
It was amazing, the Miami Marlins closer said Tuesday of playing in the WBC. Its probably the best baseball experience Ive had. Obviously, Ive never made it to the playoffs. Im assuming thats what it would feel like at least thats what people were telling me. It was pretty sweet.
Cishek, who took over the Marlins closer role last season, pitched in four WBC games for Team USA. He faced 10 batters and did not allow a hit, though he did hit a batter who eventually scored.
A bit of an unknown on the national stage before the international tournament, Cishek impressed many people Thursday night against the Dominican Republic. He got Miguel Tejada to ground out to end the seventh with the go-ahead run on second; he then retired the heart of the D.R.s order 1-2-3, including striking out both Robinson Cano and Hanley Ramirez on three pit...