Teams around Major League Baseball are fielding their new-look rosters and pitching staffs. Whether a team comes close to winning 100 games or struggles to win 60, one of the most important roles on any team is team is the closer.
Managers turn slim leads over to their closers to put the cap on a successful day. Narrow leads are protected, and the closer is expected to shut down the opposing lineup to make the last three outs of the game. If he succeeds, the team will enjoy a win. Should he fail, he will be considered solely responsible for the loss. Talk about pressure.
Here are ten of baseball's top closers. This is a very arguable compilation, but all ten of these guys are rock solid.