Sunday, March 13, 2011

Carlos Marmol, best closer in Major League Baseball?

Carlos Marmol grew up on a ranch outside Bonao, DR.  His work ethic perhaps comes from this upbringing.

This will be his first year in which he does not face competition for the closer job with the Cubs.  Carlos made the all-star team in 2008 as a middle reliever, and first had the full time closer job last year.  He excelled greatly in the role saving 38 out of 43.  He also had 138 strikeouts in 77 innings.  That strikeout ratio (15.99 per nine innings) set a new MLB record and helped him win the delivery man of the month award for September 2010.

Carlos was recently featured as one of six Dominicans scheduled to close for their teams in 2011.  His stuff is probably the most electric in the league.  Carlos is from Bonao, DR.
Carlos Marmol in 2010 with the Cubs, by Phil Roeder on Flickr

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