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Where Have All the Closers Gone?

Last season at this time there was a group of studs coming in to save games for Dodger farm teams. In particular, it was Yhency Brazeban at Jacksonville, Steve Schmoll at Vero Beach and Jose "Jumbo" Diaz at Columbus. Oh, how they blew the opposition away with the game on the line. So proficient were they that all three moved up before the season was old.

Today, Brazeban is standing in for Eric Gagne in L.A. where Schmoll has proved to be an invaluable set-up man. Diaz, alas, had elbow surgery and is now re-habbing. So, who's the saviors ouf the bullpen these days? Really, nobody with any consistency with the result that the Dodger farm teams have been going through would-be closers like a guy with sinus problems does Kleenex. As a result the...

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