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Tampa Bay Rays demote Grant Balfour

The Tampa Bay Rays have decided that 2013 All-Star closer Grant Balfour will no longer be the team’s ninth inning man. Joe Maddon made the decision on Monday after Balfour’s disappointing performance on Sunday afternoon’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Balfour retired the first two batters that he faced in the top of the ninth inning, and was one pitch away from sending...
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 proven closer disaster

After another late-game meltdown, Grant Balfour is officially out as closer for the Tampa Bay Rays, at least for now, and the Rays will go closer-by-committee for a little while. While no one player can doom an entire team, Balfour’s problems are one of the primary reasons the Rays have the worst record in baseball, […]
Via Fangraphs
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour savages Rays fans for booing him after blown save

The Tampa Bay Rays have stumbled mightily out of the gates this season, easily falling well short of expectations. A handful of games past the quarter-pole of the season, the Rays find themselves sitting at 20-28 and six games back of the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays. While all hope is not lost — especially […] The post Grant Balfour savages Rays fans for booing him after...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

A shaky outing for Oakland A’s new closer Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson During the offseason, the Oakland A’s acquired former Baltimore Oriole and closer Jim Johnson to replace the 2013 closer Grant Balfour. To say Athletics nation was extremely excited about this acquisition would be an understatement. Even though Johnson cost the A’s more money than Balfour, it seemed like a major upgrade. Johnson led the AL in saves in 2013 and in...
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Rays Pitcher Grant Balfour Drives a Rather Unique Truck to Spring Training

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour drove--this 'thing' to spring training. I hesitate to call it a truck, because it looks more like a tank with wheels than a truck. Why on Earth someone would want to drive something like this is a mystery. It must be because he wants to spend most of his $4.5 million salary this season on gas--but if he wants to take the whole pitching staff to...
Via FatManWriting
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nope, nothing ostentatious, gaudy or showy about Grant Balfour’s behemoth truck (pic)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour rolled into Spring Training in the above truck. Yep, it’s extremely large. And ridiculous, over the top, extravagant, pretentious or whatever synonym for ostentatious you want to throw in there. Why on God’s Green Earth would Balfour ever need such a ginormous vehicle? Is he planning some kind of […]The post Nope, nothing ostentatious, gaudy...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays sign RHP Balfour to 2-year, $12 million deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander pitcher Grant Balfour to a 2-year, $12 million deal. Team owner Stu Sternberg announced the deal on Thursday. He says it is a significant move for the budget-minded Rays, noting, ''We've had some exceptional teams. We want to give this organization the best chance to win, and we know it's going to cost us more than we can afford to pay...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees show interest in Grant Balfour after deal falls through

The Grant Balfour saga just got even more interesting. The Yankees have shown interest in Balfour, whose two-year deal with the Orioles fell apart over health concerns, according to the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Balfour was expected to join the Orioles on a two-year, $15 million contract, but the deal fell through when Baltimore team doctors expressed concern over the right...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Looking at the Baltimore Orioles closer situation

It seemed more than certain earlier this week that the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles had traded closers. The O’s sent Jim Johnson to the A’s, and then it seemed like they were going to sign Grant Balfour for two years, $15 million. Except General Manager Dan Duquette was not impressed with the results of Balfour’s physical, and the team decided they would look at...
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

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