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Why Throwing Bruce Rondon into Closer Role Won't Cost the Tigers an AL Pennant

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Why Throwing Bruce Rondon into Closer Role Won't Cost the Tigers an AL Pennant
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Naming Bruce Rondon the closer going into the 2013 Spring Training is a mistake.

But it's not a big enough mistake that it will cost the Detroit Tigers a shot at winning back-to-back American League pennants.

Rondon, a 22-year-old rookie who has only made nine appearances in Triple-A and has spent less than a season above the Single-A level, won't have much of a learning curve when he makes his MLB debut next season.

But even if he struggles, which many experts have predicted is almost inevitable, the Tigers have enough talent in other areas to make up for Rondon's inexperience and should overcome any potential shortcomings at the back end of their bullpen.

The Tigers will once again be runaway favorites to win the AL Central next season.

Here are four reasons Bruce Rondon won't cost Detroit another AL Pennant:

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