Are Closers Baseball’s Version Of NFL Running Backs?
In the 1990s and early 2000s, specialized star players at their position would dominate for several seasons at a time and land long-term, big-money contracts for the actual (and perceived) value they brought to their teams as irreplaceable performers who were considered the keys to their club’s success.
This description applies to both NFL runnings backs and MLB closers, two roles that were once highly valued in their respective sports, only to have the game—and their value within it—change in front of their eyes.
Not long ago, running backs were counted on to be productive, instrumental components to their team, much like closers were until recently.
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