Major League Baseball: Top Five Closers in 2012

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Major League Baseball: Top Five Closers in 2012
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The closer position has evolved into one of the most important positions on a team. If any organization expects to contend into October, it needs to have an established ninth inning man to shut the door.

As a fan, it's a sight to see your favorite team's closer trot to the mound with the chance to win the game. The goosebumps it creates to know that your favorite team is three outs away from a victory.  

By expectations in the 21st century, everyone expects a closer to have a fastball near triple digits, and a breaking ball and off-speed pitch that freezes a hitter and sends him back to the dugout. 

Here are the top five closers in Major League Baseball this season.

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