In part three of my (hopefully) 52 part series, Better Know a 2012 Oriole, I take a look at Jim Johnson… the fightin' unusual closer*!
* JJ had the lowest strike-out rate in the Majors for any pitcher with more than even one save.
"I've spent years arguing that Jim Johnson could be an effective closer. Years. It used to be taken as an article of faith amongst fans (as well as some people with the team), that JJ just didn't have the "stuff" to close. Not his stuff – the hard sinker, curve, and change-up – but his "stuff". He just didn't have that "closer's mentality". Seriously."