Fascinating analysis by Ken Rosenthal: "YET THE ELECTION OF SUTTER WILL MEAN LITTLE LONG TERM UNLESS IT LEADS TO THE EVENTUAL ELECTIONS OF GOSSAGE AND SMITH, & FUTURE ELECTIONS OF MARIANO RIVERA AND TREVOR HOFFMAN." Rosenthal continues: "Fans & writers
rightly despise relievers who pad their stats by piling up cheap saves; the save rule
created the closer's role,
and some will never get over it. But the importance of
late inning relievers has never been greater. And, those who achieve consistent excellence in the role have never been more difficult to find."