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Heath Bell, Mariano Rivera and Baseball's Best Closers in 2012
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The closer is one of the most important positions in baseball. His job is to get the last three (or more) batters out in order to end the game. A closer can either be a shutdown man or a shellshock pitcher. Either way, the closer is the difference between a hard-earned win, or a heartbreaking loss. 

With the MLB season coming up in three months, we take a look at each closer and rank them from 30 to one. 

Without further ado, here are the closer rankings for 2012.

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