DETROIT The Tigers have been on a Closer Quest ever since Jose Valverde imploded at the end of last season.
Valverde converted 110 saves over three seasons for 22.9 million, and was a great pickup as the last viable closer available in that free agent market. Now Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski must choose wisely again in order to have a viable World Series shot.
The search has centered on 22-year-old rookie Bruce Rondon and speculation that Dombrowski should sign a proven closer such as free agents Brian Wilson and Rafael Soriano.
But I offer one name to keep in the back of your mind: Guillermo Willie Hernandez.
No, hes not making a comeback at 58. I bring up Hernandez because great closers come out of nowhere, and he certainly did.
Tigers general manager Bill Lajoie obtained Hernandez and backup first baseman Dave Bergman from the Phillies for outfielder Glenn Wilson and catcher John Wockenfuss on March 27, 1984, just days before breaking training camp in Lakeland, Fl...