Before Detroit Tigers fans demand that the team sign a closer, trade for a closer or kidnap a closer, they might want to consult the calendar.
It's March 9. Opening Day is 23 days away. In a normal, non-WBC spring, the Tigers would be just starting their second week of games.
In other words, everyone calm down about Bruce Rondon.
Rondon, 22, made his fifth appearance of the spring on Friday, throwing 100 mph, throwing strikes, pitching a scoreless eighth inning against New York Mets minor-leaguers in easily his best outing of the spring.
Amazing what skipping a turn to work on your mechanics can do. Amazing what might happen if people actually let the Venezuelan rookie get through the spring, rather than rush to judgment every time he misses the plate.
I'm talking about fans panicking too soon. I'm talking about reporters tweeting breathlessly about the Tigers' need and supposed search for a proven closer. I may also be talking about the Tigers' manager, but Jim Leyland seemed ...