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Old 07-01-2011, 11:05 AM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Classifying MLB's Closer Celebrations - Baseball Nation

All closers are different, but many of them share similar celebrations after successful saves. Here we do our best to split them into groups.

The Indifferent
These closers - and there are a lot of them - don't really do anything. They throw the pitch, they finish the save, and they approach the catcher while perhaps smiling on the inside. I guess you could say they act the way they're supposed to act, in that they act like they've been there before.

The Showstoppers
These aren't necessarily similar celebrations, but they do have one thing in common: each of them is over the top. Rodriguez is an Acknowledger, but in an obnoxious way. Marmol is a Fist Pumper, but only after riding the bull, or the crab, or the bull crab, and probably hooting and hollering the whole time. And Valverde does at least three or four moves that would send a white guy to the hospital. Baseball's equivalent of the agitator in hockey, these closers are beloved by some and hated by literally everybody else.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:08 AM
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LOL at Valverde.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:26 AM
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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MO is all class and he's the best closer hands down ever to play the game.

I guess I'm of the "act like you been there before" kind...but hey if you don't want them doing stupid stuff like that, then shut them up by scoring on them.
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