The Detroit Tigers‘ closer role has been the running joke of many over the past decade. It seemed the more the name changed on the back of the jersey the more things stayed the same. These roller coasters were so good you would think the Tigers closer would already be an amusement ride at Disneyland. From Todd Jones, the original roller coaster, to Jose Valverde‘s masterful roller coaster, the Tigers finally threw their hands up and said they couldn’t handle any more rides for the day. They found the man who will end those feelings and allow Tigers fans to eat in the 9th inning. With the signing of Joe Nathan the Tigers have now finally made themselves balanced.
It has been a long time since Tigers fans could actually feel confident in their bullpen, but now with Nathan protecting the ninth the Tigers finally have the big name closer they have waited for years to sign. Some will say that at 39 you can’t count on anything, but after Nathan notched his 6th All-Star appearance last season with 43 saves and a 1.39 ERA those questions should be put to rest really quickly. No more in-house solutions that resembled when your dad tried to repair the sink by placing duct tape around the hole; finally the Tigers have spent some of their massive money on solidifying wins at the end.
This move is just a beginning, but it is a big beginning. The Tigers have learned that you cannot win a World Series without a solid bullpen, and now they are taking that lesson and applying it into this 2014 roster. Finally when the ninth inning appears Tigers fans can open their eyes instead of covering them and cursing at their cats. Finally the Tigers have a legitimate closer.