Philadelphia Phillies: Should They Let Brad Lidge Close When He Returns?

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Philadelphia Phillies: Should They Let Brad Lidge Close When He Returns?
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Brad Lidge of the Philadelphia Phillies will be forever remembered after recording the final out in the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Many would argue that Lidge was the MVP of that season, as he went an incredible 48 for 48 in save opportunities.

At that time a three-year, $37.5 million contract, (plus 2012 club option) seemed like an intelligent move. But Lidge has undergone a myriad of surgeries on his knee and shoulder that have kept him off the field.

Lidge hasn't thrown a single pitch in a game this season, due to a partial-tear in his throwing shoulder. Jose Contreras was initially given the job, but he suffered an elbow strain and it was time for the Mad Dog, Ryan Madson, to step up.

Madson blew his first save of the season on Thursday night and the national media is already asking if Brad Lidge should close when he returns.

Allow me to play devil's advocate here.

Here's a look at the pro's and con's of Brad Lidge returning to the closer's role when he rejoins the Philadelphia Phillies roster.

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