From CNNsi: George Sherrill was picked Tuesday to be the Baltimore Orioles' closer, an unlikely assignment for a one-time situational left-hander who spent the first four years of his professional career toiling in independent leagues.You go George -- grab the bull by the horns. Let's hope you're a lot better than what we had last year...
"I think any short reliever wants to be the closer, wants to be that go-to guy," said Sherrill, one of four players acquired from Seattle for left-hander Erik Bedard on Feb. 8. "I think we're going to have a really special bullpen. I think anybody in this bullpen is going to be good and any of them could close. To be named the one, it's pretty special."
With right-hander Chris Ray recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery and manager Dave Trembley preferring to use left-hander Jamie Walker in a setup role, the job fell to Sherrill.
Trembley had decided on the 30-year-old Sherrill early in spring training, but asked the left-hander to see how he felt in exhibition games.
"When he first asked me, I wanted to tell him (yes), but he asked me to hold off," said Sherrill, who has four career saves. "I wanted to get the feel for it and get my feet wet in the spring."
Sherrill, normally a slow starter in spring training, responded with a 3.00 ERA, no walks and six strikeouts in five appearances covering six innings.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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