“Normally, yes, I would like to have one guy designated as the closer,” Yost said, “because a closer takes pressure off of everyone else. But with the makeup of our bullpen, I don’t necessarily feel we need that right now.
“We’ve got guys down there who all know what they’re capable of doing and who all have confidence in their ability. That’s not something I see to be defined as a need right now — to take pressure off of other guys by knowing that we have a closer.
“I’ve got time to think it through.”
I, for one, hope Yost’s comments are simply smoke-screen for the first few series of the season. I hope he has actually named a closer internally and all players involved already know their role.
The closer by committee never seems to be successful in the Majors and time after time, managers, including Yost, tell fans that a bullpen operates much more smoothly once every player involved knows his role and can prepare both mentally and physically to fit into the role given to him by the manager.
At very least I hope the “committee” is two players, not three, and specific situations have been outlined for each of the closer prospects to enter the game.