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Chicago Cubs: why Hector Rondon is an elite closer

The Chicago Cubs are one of the most talented teams in the MLB. The abundance of youth and veteran leadership has made them a difficult team to play against. As a result, the Cubs are clearly one of the favorites to win the 2016 World Series. Ultimately on a team like this, many players will be overlooked; there’s only so much hype to go around. One of the most, if not the most...
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Rondon a Regrettable But Understandable Rule 5 Loss for the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians have found themselves relatively unharmed and unaided by the Rule 5 draft process that has operated in some form for nearly the entirety of the organization’s existence. One of the few notable names to go on to success after being selected is right-handed reliever Hector Rondon, who spent the majority of the 2015 season working as the closer for the Chicago...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Player Profile: Hector Rondon

2015 Stats 72 G, 70 IP, 1.67 ERA, 3.18 DRA, 24.6 K%, 5.3 BB%, 1.3 WARP Year in Review There are moments in a season like the Cubs’ 2015 in which the closer plays the hero as a matter of course. When you’re the guy whose job it is to get the last three outs […]
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon Takes Bat To Water Fountain In The Dugout

Things are not going well for the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. They have had a bit of trouble scoring runs during the series, and Tuesday night in Game Three was no different. Whether that is the reason why relief pitcher Hector Rondon took a bat to the water fountain in the dugout or if there was another reason is not known at this time.Poor water fountain. What did it do to deserve...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Bullpen Heats up After Slow Start

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 30: Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the seventh inning against the New York Mets on June 30, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing Neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images) The Chicago Cubs bullpen had a difficult start to the season. The unit blew games during April and the closer position was not...
Via The Sports Journal
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Rondon: 'I need to do (my job)'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a quick hook Saturday night as closer Hector Rondon was pulled after just one batter. “It was about winning the game today,” Maddon told reporters after the game. “I am not ordaining anybody new. It was a moment for today.” While Maddon may not be "ordaining anybody new" he didn't exactly give Rondon a big vote of confidence either. ...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Bullpen emerging as a strength for the 2015 campaign

It is said that pitching wins championships in October. More specifically, quality and depth in the bullpen has proven to be the tipping point between playoff teams and championship teams. Last year, the Giants had the sixth-ranked bullpen for the regular season and the best bullpen in the playoffs, with a 2.11 ERA in 64 innings en route to their third title in five seasons. Similarly...
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Hector Rondon proving he is more than capable

In 2009, Hector Rondon was named the minor league pitcher of the year in the Cleveland Indians organization. He was poised to have an even better year heading into 2010, but then his career took a turn for the worst. After Rondon made seven starts to begin the 2010 season, he was sidelined with soreness in his elbow, and was then advised to have Tommy John surgery after the injury...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Hector Rondon dealing with elbow soreness

The Chicago Cubs lost to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday by the score of 7-4. The loss dropped the Cubs to 27-39 on the season, last place in the National League Central. The Cubs have struggled offensively, but have the 11th best ERA in the Major Leagues. But there is some concern in the bullpen, as closer Hector Rondon has been out with right elbow soreness, which is why...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Some will argue this is why you have to draft Craig Kimbrel or Glen Perkins, but this is exactly why we don't value closers in the draft. The Chicago Cubs have removed Jose Veras from the closer role after blowing 2 saves. Candidates to save games in his place include Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm and Pedro Strop. Rondon pitched a perfect 11th inning for his first career save...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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