Friday, August 28, 2009

Nick Green-Boston's New Closer?

My day was totally interrupted by a car crash in my front yard which eliminated my power for a while… I would write about that (and I will) but duty calls and I have to leave for work soon. I had a couple of posts planned for today. Friday is my ideal day to write like crazy, but no power meant no computer access (duh), so therefore no lengthy posts. I do promise to write about the Roller Derby bout this weekend, my horrible week, school and my run-in with the police relating to the aforementioned car crash...
Anyway, for now I just wanted to give some love to Boston’s newest closer Nick Green. Lil Nicky played for the Rays in 2005 and 2006, but the Rays used him as an infielder for some reason. In fact of the 5 different teams that he has player for over the past 5 season, he didn’t log a single inning on the mound until last night. He did allow 3 walks, but over 2 innings of work isn’t bad (JP Howell, Kevin Gregg) by MLB closer standards. He hit 90 MPH on the radar gun, used a slider and made a really nice play off the mound. He faced all 9 batters in the Chicago White Sox line-up without allowing a hit. He retired Jim Thome on a 4-3 groundout. My question is: With a hard throwing righty like Nick Green already under contract, why go after Billy Wagner?
Green’s most productive year as a player came with the Devil Rays in 2005 when he played in 111 games at second and third base, shortstop, designated hitter and right and left field. He batted .239 with 5 homers and 29 runs batted in. Career wise he is a .238 hitter with 16 homers and 93 RBI and a 0.00 ERA. The card is a 2006 Topps, card number 428. It is my most recent D-Rays TTM auto. It is not too late to vote for the Hall of Fame and enter the accompanying contest. Go Rays! Troll out.

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