Monday, April 2, 2012
Sox Still Won't Name A Closer, But We Will
One of the biggest questions coming into camp this spring was the closer role at the back of the White Sox bullpen. Now, here we are, with the Sox about to begin their final Cactus League game against the Brewers, and we still don't know who the closer is going to be.
And Robin Ventura has no plans on letting us know, either.
When Ventura was asked again when the team would announce who its closer is, he said "hopefully when we're winning in the ninth in the first game."
"I will know and they will know," Ventura continued. "I don't really feel the need to tell everybody and make a statement about it. I don't see a need to do it.''
Yes, well, I don't see a need not to tell anybody either. Sorry if I don't think the Texas Rangers are all gathering around the clubhouse right now gossiping about who it might be they have to face in the ninth inning. I just don't really see what there is to gain with the element of surprise.
Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed and Hector Santiago are all candidates for the gig at this point. At least, that's what we're told, but it's pretty clear that Ventura and the Sox already know who their closer is, and they just don't want to tell us.
Luckily for you, I'm not a member of the White Sox, so I don't have a problem telling you who the closer is going to be.
It's Matt Thornton.
There, was that so hard?