Definition of closer
: one that closes; especially : a relief pitcher who specializes in finishing games
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The team is currently without its opening day center fielder (Eaton), left fielder (Werth) and shortstop (Turner) — not to mention potential closers Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley.
Which means replacing Ausmus at the moment won’t get this roster any closer to the playoffs.
Rodriguez, who was released by the Tigers on Friday, has struggled this season to mimic the production that once made him one of the best closers in baseball.
Their Achilles' heel is an awful bullpen, which ranks last in the National League and already has featured three closers.
Rodriguez struggled to match the production that once made him one of the best closers in baseball.
Six years later, Holmgren is 6-foot-8 and an absolute closer on the back nine.
Unlike most closers, though, Byrne does not overpower hitters with non-stop fastballs.
The Ravens' reputation as closers in free agency is well-documented.
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Definition of closer for English Language Learners
baseball : a pitcher who specializes in finishing games
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